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* Danny Franco has been sentenced to 25 years and four months in prison for involvement in a gang related shooting in Salinas

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   A former Salinas resident has been sentenced to 25 years and four months in prison for his involvement in a gang-related shooting and subsequent police shootout in 2006, the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday. Danny Franco, 23, was sentenced for his participation in a shooting that led to a confrontation in which an alleged fellow gang member was killed by police, according to the district attorney’s office. The shooting happened on Sept. 16, 2006, when two men approached a group of young men sitting in a car, accused them of being Sureno gang members and opened fire, district attorney’s officials said. No one was injured. The gunmen fled in a Ford Explorer. The vehicle was later spotted on U.S. Highway 101 and a chase began that ended on Trinity Way, a dead-end residential street, where one of the car’s occupants, 21-year-old Ivan Leon, exchanged gunfire with police and was shot dead. Police found a Tec-9 gun and a revolver in the vehicle, according to the district attorney’s office. Franco and a 16-year-old boy riding in the rear of the vehicle were arrested, police said. Franco was charged with the attempted murder and assault with a firearm on a peace officer. The district attorney’s office stated that Franco’s charges were based on a legal doctrine known as “natural and probable consequences,” which stipulates that when someone agrees to participate in a crime, that person is
responsible for all reasonably foreseeable offenses.   
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