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DATE: November 3, 2017
CASE: Ray Ramirez, Joseph Castaneda & Manuel Labrasca (Case #16FE006090)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Satnam Rattu, Gang & Hate Crimes Unit
The Honorable Russell Hom sentenced Ray Ramirez to 77 years to life in prison, Joseph Castaneda to 27 years and 8 months in prison, and Manuel Labrasca to 23 years and 8 months in prison. On September 28, 2017, a jury convicted all three defendants of two counts of attempted murder and enhancements for causing great bodily injury and participating in a criminal street gang.
On March 17, 2016, Castaneda, Labrasca and Ramirez were in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the Lemon Hill area. All three are validated Norteno gang members. The two victims were in a car that entered the parking lot. When the passenger got out of that car he was immediately attacked. The driver attempted to intervene in the assault and was also attacked. Both victims suffered extensive stab wounds but they were able to get into their car and driver was able to drive to a local hospital.
Ramirez has a prior strike conviction for robbery and participating in a criminal street gang.
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