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Five gang members will spend the rest of their lives behind bars for brutal Central Coast murders

Bill Oxford
Five MS-13 gang members will spend the rest of their lives behind bars for some brutal killings on the Central Coast.

Some of the MS-13 gang members receive 300+ years to life sentences.

They were crimes which shook the Central Coast. Now, five gang members convicted of a string of brutal murders on the Central Coast will spend the rest of their lives in prison.

The five are members of the notorious street gang MS-13. Gang members are blamed for nine killings, and more than a dozen other murder attempts in 2015 and 2016 in the Santa Maria area. Some of the victims were as young as 17 years old.

All five gang members were convicted of multiple charges, with most receiving sentences of 300 years to life or more.

Three more members of the gang are still currently on trial in Santa Barbara.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.