A San Francisco Superior Court jury this afternoon convicted two gang members of murder for the 2006 fatal stabbing of a Mission District man mistakenly identified as a rival gang member. Carlos Urzua, 29, was robbed and attacked outside his home in the 900 block of Alabama Street early in the morning of Nov. 25, 2006. He was stabbed three times in the neck, abdomen and chest, suffering 18 wounds total. He managed to run down the street but died later at the hospital. Two reputed Norteno gang members, Royale LeBlanc, now 22, and Jonathan Johnston, now 30, were arrested about an hour-and-a-half later, when police stopped a white Chevrolet matching the description of the suspect vehicle just blocks away from the killing. Urzua was a single father of a 10-year-old girl and had no gang affiliation. The jury today found LeBlanc, nicknamed “Crazy Teno” and suspected of stabbing Urzua, guilty of first-degree murder, robbery and participation in a criminal street gang. LeBlanc failed to take Urzua’s wallet but made off with his cell phone. Johnston, a suspected gang shot-caller nicknamed “Savage,” was found guilty of second-degree murder and participation in a criminal street gang, but acquitted of robbery. In a statement following the verdict, District Attorney Kamala Harris called the men “heartless killers.” “Whether you pulled the trigger, wielded the knife or called the shots, gang members need to know we can and will take them down,” said Harris. The main witness in the trial, a prospective gang member according to prosecutors, testified that he was with Johnston, LeBlanc and others at the scene of the stabbing. The witness, who was 16 years old at the time, said Johnston mistook Urzua for a member of the rival Surenos, and told LeBlanc, “There’s a scrap, go get him.”
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