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Richard Criado Gang Member Convicted of Murder, Attempted Murder in Greenfield

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A Monterey County jury found a Greenfield man guilty of murder and attempted murder of two people for the benefit of a criminal street gang on Thursday, a representative of the Monterey County District Attorney’s office said Friday. Richard Criado, 24, will be sentenced on Feb. 24, 2015 and faces a minimum of 90 years to life in prison, according to the district attorney’s office.

On May 8, 2012, Criado asked two people to join him and two other alleged gang members at a park in Greenfield, prosecutors said. Criado, an accomplice, and the two victims walked to the intersection of Hicks and Hutchinson avenues, where prosecutors said Criado pulled out a firearm and shot the first victim in the stomach several times.

The accomplice then shot the second victim in the hip, which severed his femoral artery and lead to the victim’s death, prosecutors said. Both Criado and his accomplice ran away, leaving their victims lying in the middle of the street, prosecutors said. The person who Criado shot survived, and prosecutors said the victim later testified against Criado at trial.

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