Two Madera teenagers have been charged with murder as adults in the shooting of 16-year-old Jesus (Jesse) Espinoza of Madera, the county DA said Monday.
Espinoza was shot Wednesday afternoon on Madera Avenue outside Carl’s Jr. restaurant. The shooting was gang related, according to police.
Madera County District Attorney Michael Keitz said due to the nature of the crime, Jose Alonzo Vega and Nicolas Salazar, both 15 and of Madera, were charged with first degree murder as adults, and the teens are potentially facing life in prison.
Keitz said he hoped the significance of the charges would send a strong message to other local gang members...