A 21-year-old Madera man convicted of second degree murder with gang enhancements has been sentenced to 40 years to life in state prison, Madera County District Attorney Michael Keitz said Tuesday.
Juan Carlos Amezcua was convicted March 20 of the murder of Victor Raqueno and sentenced Monday before Madera Superior Court Judge James A. Oakley.
He was also convicted of participating in a criminal street gang and special allegations including murder for the benefit of a criminal street gang, personal use of a firearm and street terrorism.
During the jury trial, a number of witnesses testified that the murder occurred around midnight July 29, 2008 in front of a home on Davis Street in Madera. Amezcua, then 17, and co-defendant Eucario Avalos Ruiz, 28, of Madera, were arrested several days later by the Madera Police Department. A previous rival gang shooting was the motivation for the shooting, Keitz said...