PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Megan Eixenberger, Gangs & Hate Crimes Unit
The Honorable James Arguelles sentenced Erick Nevarez to 15 years to life in prison. On September 20, 2022, a jury convicted Nevarez of attempted murder. The jury also found true great bodily injury, use of a knife, premeditation and gang allegations.
The victim was pumping gas when Erick Nevarez drove into the gas station and asked him if he was a gang member because of what he was wearing. Nevarez then pulled his vehicle in front of the victim to trap him, got out of his car and stabbed the victim multiple times. The victim was able to take control of the knife and stabbed Nevarez. Nevarez fled the scene and sought medical care for his stab wound. The victim underwent surgery for a perforated diaphragm and puncture wounds. Nevarez is a validated gang member.