San Francisco Bay Area Violent Crime

Two Santa Rosa Men Sentenced to Long Prison Time for Gang-Related Attempted Murder

Two Santa Rosa men were sentenced Tuesday to lengthy prison terms for a gang-related attempted murder of another man who helped police investigate a gang-related stabbing, Sonoma County prosecutors said. Salvador Flores Jr., 19, was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison while Gustavo Castillo, 25, was sentenced to 21 years and four months in prison, according to the district attorney’s office.

Both men were charged with committing the crime to benefit the Sureno criminal street gang. The victim was sitting in his vehicle in a driveway on Aug. 28, 2016, when Flores and Castillo walked up to him and fired five shots from a revolver through the car’s windshield, prosecutors said. The victim was struck twice but did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Santa Rosa police arrested Flores and Castillo nearby.

The victim had cooperated with police who were investigating a gang-related stabbing. The stabbing suspect, also a Sureno gang member, ultimately was sentenced to a prison term and the retaliatory attempted murder shooting happened a short time later, according to prosecutors.

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