A Seaside Norteno gang member was sentenced today for an attempted murder that took place in 2006, the Monterey County district attorney’s office announced. Vicente Lopez, 27, of Seaside and Paso Robles, was sentenced to 44 years to life after a jury convicted him of attempted murder with gang and gun and great bodily injury enhancements, Monterey County Deputy District Attorney Christine Harter said.
Lopez was convicted of shooting another Seaside resident on October 13, 2006. Lopez and Mauricio Morales had seen the 19-year-old victim riding his bicycle in Seaside. Lopez grabbed a loaded gun from Morales and fired at the victim, hitting him in the head and the back, Harter said. Lopez fled after the shooting and was not taken into custody until 2009.
In 2007, Morales had pleaded guilty and is serving his prison term of about 10 years, Harter said. The victim, a disassociated Norteno gang member, testified against Lopez at trial. Lopez had previously been sentenced to the California Youth Authority for a gang related attack on another Seaside resident in 2000 and was released in 2006, Harter said.
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