Monrovia gang member convicted of teen’s attempted murder
After a day of deliberations, jurors today convicted a Monrovia gang member for the attempted murder of a teenage boy in 2008.
Deputy District Attorney Stacie Mayoras of the Alhambra Branch Office said Jimmy Santana, 23, was convicted of one count each of willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder, shooting from a motor vehicle and assault with a firearm.
Judge Candace Beason presided over the seven-day trial. Santana is scheduled for sentencing on March 15 in Department 1 of Alhambra Superior Court.
Jurors additionally found true allegations that the defendant personally and intentionally discharged a firearm causing great bodily injury to the victim.
A gang allegation – that the defendant committed the offenses for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with a criminal street gang with the specific intent to assist, further or promote criminal conduct by gang members – also was found true.
Santana, a member of Monrovia Nuevo Varrio, pulled up in a car next to the victim and shouted a gang-related statement before shooting the 16-year-old boy who was riding a bicycle. The victim was paralyzed as a result of the attack.
This case was investigated by the Monrovia Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.