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Trio of gang members get life without parole sentences for violent attacks on Central, South Coasts

Bill Oxford
Prosecutors say three MS-13 gang members will spend the rest of their lives behind bars for a string of murders, and attempted murders on the Central and South Coasts.

Three are part of MS-13 gang which prosecutors say committed nine murders, and attempted 14 others in region.

Three members of the notorious MS-13 gang have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for their involvement in a string of murders, and attempted murders in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

The three men were convicted by a Santa Barbara jury of multiple murder charges, as well as other counts. Prosecutors say the trio is part of a group of gang members responsible for nine murders, and 14 attempted murders in the region.

The three men received life without the possibility of parole sentences totaling 200 years or more.

In 2016, more than a dozen suspected MS-13 gang members were arrested in connection with the string of violent attacks in the region. This week’s sentencing comes on top of the conviction, and sentencing in Santa Maria of five other members of the gang. All five received life without the possibility of parole sentences, with the sentences topping 200 plus years behind bars.

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.