Gang Member Convicted in Santa Ana Bakery Murder

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on February 1, 2015 · 0 comments

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A man convicted of shooting a drug dealer during the morning rush in a Santa Ana bakery will serve 80 years in prison.


Police say Israel Pena ran into Panaderia La Chapina on the morning of October 13, 2014, and shot Alejandro Sanchez in the back as he was making himself a coffee. The next day, he shot at a Santa Ana resident from a car after yelling a gang name. Pena fled the scene but was captured in a nearby backyard. Police say he had heroin and a gun in his possession.


Pena was charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. He also received a sentencing enhancement for using a gun in the murder.


The laws in California carry special sentencing enhancements for using a gun in a crime of any sort. The 14-20-Life or “Use a gun and you’re done” law is one of the toughest in the nation. The law stipulates that you automatically receive 14 years in prison for using a gun in a crime, 20 years in prison for firing a gun during the commission of a crime, and 25 years to life in prison for shooting someone. This time is in addition to any time given for the actual offense committed, such as murder.


The Law Office of Salvatore Ciulla located in Orange County, California, represents individuals accused of murder and manslaughter, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and embezzlement, child abuse and domestic violence, narcotics possession and sales, drunk driving (DUI) and vehicular homicide, sexual assault and three strikes cases. We also take Juvenile Court cases and all misdemeanor offenses.


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