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Gang member convicted of attempted murder

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webmaster | 05/22/13

A jury convicted a Madera man Tuesday of attempted murder and gang-related charges in a 2011 shooting where he walked his friend home only to shoot him in the head along the way.

The jury deliberated for only about three total hours in the case of 23-year-old Jose Luis Matador, an admitted member of the Mara Salavatrucha (MS-13) street gang before coming back with the guilty verdict around 11:30 p.m.

Madera County Superior Court Judge Joseph Saldani will sentence Matador June 19 for the charges of felony attempted murder, felony participation in a criminal gang, and two penalty enhancement allegations — committing a crime to benefit a gang and use of a firearm.

Deputy District Attorney Linda Dunn, the lead prosecutor in the case, said that Matador, who told police he had been active in MS-13 since the age of 15, could face 37 years to life in prison...


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