Sacto 9-1-1
June 7, 2012
Gang-related shooting draws sentence of 32 years to life

A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 32 years to life in prison for attempted murder of a rival gang member.

Ramon Bravo and co-defendant, Gerardo Villasenor, 20, were convicted last month by separate juries for the attempted murder of Juan Javier Alvarado, shooting from a motor vehicle, and arms and gang allegations connected to those charges, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. Bravo was sentenced Wednesday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Roland Candee.

Alvarado, a Norteno gang member, was shot in the stomach as he walked to his father's home in North Sacramento, officials said. Bravo, a Sureno gang member, was driving the vehicle in which Villasenor was a passenger. Bravo acknowledged knowing that Alvarado was a rival gang member.

In February, Villasenor was also convicted by another jury for a separate gang-related shooting months earlier. In that incident, Villasenor approached a rival gang member, Armando Lopez, who was drunk and had passed out in his car. Officials said Villasenor shot Lopez multiple times in the face and chest.

Villasenor will be sentenced for both shooting convictions Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court.

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