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According to a grand jury indictment, ten alleged members of the Sureños gang have been arrested and charged with 7 killings, which have taken place in San Francisco over the past few years. The men are believed to be affiliated with the 16th Street and 19th Street Sureños gang, who are known to commit robberies, assaults, and engage in violence to keep command of their territories and, in specific, the drug trade in Mission District. All seven of the murders were committed between 2007 and 2013, within that region of San Francisco. The details of each of the offenses include:
These charges have resulted from an investigation carried out by the U.S Attorney’s Office, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation’s branch, and the San Francisco Police Department. Six of the ten accused were arrested following the filing of the grand jury indictment in late March, one was taken into custody from Santa Clara County Jail, and the remaining three were already in prison.
Any crime you may be charged within San Francisco can have its sentencing increased if the judge believes that you have been acting as a member of a gang. These gang enhancements are taken very seriously by the California legal system, and can result in significantly harsher sentences and penalties. Using California penal code 186.22 definitions of a gang as “any formal or informal group, association, or organization of three or more people that:
Depending on the circumstances of your crimes, the addition of a gang enhancement could see you facing:
If you are facing criminal charges, and believe you may be subject to gang enhancements, it is strongly recommended that you seek legal representation from an experienced San Francisco criminal defense attorney immediately.
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