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Ventura County Gang Member Sentenced For Mistaken Attack At Child's Birthday Party Which Killed Man

A Ventura County gang member has received a 16-years-to-life prison sentence after he and others mistakenly attacked people at a child’s birthday party, killing one of the partygoers.

The attack happened in January of 2009.  Alexis Ramirez and a group of fellow gang members armed themselves with knives and guns, with the intent of attacking a rival gang holding a party.

Instead, the gang mistakenly attacked a group of people celebrating a little girl’s first birthday in Oxnard.  Multiple people were stabbed.  One of the victims, Alfredo Vargas, died.

Earlier this summer, Ramirez pled guilty to second degree murder for the attack.

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. 
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