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* Juan Carlos Perez Sentenced to 40 Years to Life for Second-Degree Murder and Participation in a Criminal Street Gang in Sonoma

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The second of two men charged in connection with a gang-related murder near Sonoma two years ago was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison this afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court. Juan Carlos Perez, 26, of American Canyon, was convicted in June of second-degree murder and participation in a criminal street gang. Judge Rene Chouteau sentenced him to 15 years to life for the murder and 25 years to life for intentional discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury.  Javier Ceja, 21, of Sonoma, pleaded guilty to being an accessory to the murder and was sentenced last week to three years probation.  A third defendant, Juan Manuel Calderon, 19, of Boyes Hot Springs, has not yet been tried. A trial date will be set Oct. 6.  Prosecutors allege Calderon shot 17-year-old Luis Roberto Miranda twice in the face at Maxwell Park in El Verrano near Sonoma on Oct. 22, 2007. Miranda was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department said the defendants drove by Miranda and his friends inside the park around 6 p.m. and exchanged words and hostile gestures.  Miranda was shot about a half-hour later by someone who emerged from a wooded area. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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