Two 15-year-old Madera teenagers with gang connections were each sentenced for voluntary manslaughter charges Wednesday and will spend up to 31 years in state prison, Madera County District Attorney Michael Keitz said in a press release.
Jose Alonzo Vega and Nicholas Salazar were both tried as adults and convicted earlier this year for the shooting death of 16-year-old Jesus Espinoza on April 18, 2012.
On that day, Keitz said Espinoza was walking past the Carl’s Jr. restaurant on Madera Avenue within city limits when Vega and Salazar saw him. Keitz said the two approached Espinoza and confronted him with questions about whether he was a gang member.
For reasons not identified in the press release issued late Wednesday, Keitz said Vega then pulled a gun and shot Espinoza, who “attempted to avoid the confrontation.” ...