A 25-year-old gang member from Salinas was sentenced today to 63 years in state prison for his part in two homicides in 2010 and trying to have his girlfriend murdered after he was arrested, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.
Superior County Judge Pamela Butler handed the sentence to Kevin Letcher Rogers for two slayings eight months apart in 2010 and for attempting to hire someone to kill his girlfriend in 2011, Deputy District Attorney David Rabow said.
Rogers’ sentence included 22 years on one count of voluntary manslaughter plus 10 years for a gang enhancement and 10 more years for using a gun in the April 28, 2010, shooting death in Salinas of a man over a perceived insult, Rabow said.
The other 21 years included sentences for his conviction in the gang-related killing of a young man shot to death on a street in Castroville on Dec. 16, 2010, and for soliciting someone to murder his girlfriend in a call from jail recorded by authorities and used to charge him, Rabow said.
Rogers had been concerned that his girlfriend, who had been with him before the Salinas murder, might reveal information implicating him, Rabow said.
Investigators played the recording to the girlfriend, who agreed to provide details about Rogers and was relocated from Salinas for her protection, Rabow said.
With the sentence, Rogers is expected to remain in prison until he is 75 years old, according to Rabow.
Rogers was charged in the Dec. 16, 2010, Castroville shooting with a co-defendant, Edmundo Pulido, who is in custody. His jury trial on murder charges is set to begin March 24, Rabow said.
The pair’s motive for the shooting was believed to be a dispute between their gang, the Salinas Nortenos, and rival gang Castroville Nortenos, Rabow said.
Pulido is also charged in the death of six-year-old boy in March 2010 with a second man, Bernardo Camacho, with whom Pulido accompanied during a planned gang-related shooting, prosecutors said.
Camacho fired a shot at a gang member but the bullet missed and hit the boy who was in his parent’s home nearby, prosecutors said.
Pulido pleaded not guilty in the shooting involving Camacho and the case will be combined with the Castroville murder case, Rabow said.
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