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* Andrew Lynch Sentenced to 30 yrs to Life for 2007 Gang Shooting

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A 21-year-old gang member received a stiff sentence in Sonoma County Superior Court this week after a jury found him guilty in May of three charges stemming from a 2007 shooting, according to the district attorney’s office. Santa Rosa resident Andrew Lynch was sentenced Monday to 30 years to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of assault causing great bodily injury, shooting a firearm into an occupied vehicle and being an active participant in a street gang, Sonoma County District Attorney Stephen Passalacqua said in a statement. On Dec. 23, 2007, Lynch approached a car parked off of West Ninth Street in Santa Rosa and asked a 24-year-old man in the driver’s seat which gang he was with. When the victim responded that he wasn’t in a gang, Lynch shot him twice at close range, according to the district attorney’s office. He was treated at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and survived. “Sentences like these send a strong message to gang members that random acts of violence will not be tolerated in our community,” Passalacqua said. Additionally, the jury found Lynch guilty of enhancements for discharging a firearm causing the victim great bodily injury and acting for the benefit of a street gang.

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