A jury on Wednesday convicted a West Contra Costa County gang member on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder for his role in a San Pablo killing spree nearly five years ago.
Hector Molina, 24, faces a minimum sentence of life in prison with no parole with an additional 90 years to life possibly added. Molina was one of several Surreno gang members who targeted people wearing red after the gang's leadership fell apart in 2007, prosecutor Aron DeFerrari said.
Three people were gunned down and one killed by a stray bullet on the streets of San Pablo in 2007 and 2008. Prosecutors also found Molina guilty of two counts of attempted murder and one count of participating in a gang conspiracy to commit murder, DeFerrari said.
Prosecutors proved Molina, along with two others, killed 15-year-old Antonio Centron and shot two others on Dec. 22, 2007. The two other men, one of whom was shot seven times, survived.
Molina also was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of 27-year-old Luis Perez on Feb. 16, 2008, and 37-year-old Rico McIntosh on April 26, 2008. Perez was not affiliated with a gang and was smoking a cigarette in his front yard when he was shot, DeFerrari said.
An informant came forward two weeks after the Perez slaying and helped San Pablo police connect the gang members with the shooting, DeFerrari said.
"They deserve a lot of credit for this," DeFerrari said of the agency.
Molina was the fifth man, including the gang's leader, to be convicted after being indicted on murder charges. The other four took plea deals and received sentences ranging from probation to prison time.
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