MARTINEZ -- A West Contra Costa gang member who gunned down three people during a San Pablo killing spree nearly five years ago was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole Friday.
Superior Court Judge John Kennedy also added an additional 169 years to life to Hector Molina's life sentence, prosecutor Aron DeFerrari said. The sentence, DeFerrari said, was "basically ... the most severe punishment he could receive."
Three people were shot dead and a fourth killed by a stray bullet in San Pablo in 2007 and 2008. Molina was one of several members in the Sureno gang who targeted people wearing red after the gang's leadership fell apart in 2007, DeFerrari said.
A jury convicted Molina of first-degree murder for killing 15-year-old Antonio Centron on Dec. 22, 2007; 27-year-old Luis Perez on Feb. 16, 2008; and 37-year-old Rico McIntosh on April 26, 2008.
Family members for all three of the victims spoke to the judge before the sentencing.
"What was basically expressed was just the overall sadness of everyone, not just for the victims' families, but for the defendant's family and for what he did," DeFerrari said. "His actions devastated so many lives for no reason. Violence for violence's sake."
After the sentencing, DeFerrari expressed his gratitude to San Pablo police, who he says worked tirelessly for months to disable the gang. Molina was the fifth man, including the gang's leader, to be convicted after
"San Pablo police went above and beyond and did an amazing job in solving this case," DeFerrari said. "The detective division and the gang-units division worked together in an amazing way to make it happen."
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