VISTA (CNS) - An Encinitas gang member who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a fellow gang member during a fight with rivals at a Carlsbad park is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in a Vista courtroom.
Victor Virjilio Lopez, 23, testified at an earlier hearing that members of his gang went to Carlsbad on April 4, 2009, to shoot a rival from a Carlsbad gang. Their goal was payback for the non-fatal shooting of a younger family member by a Carlsbad gangster several weeks earlier.
Juan Carlos Balderas, 21, was accidentally shot by Javier Antonio Lopez during the attempted murder of a rival, Deputy District Attorney Geoff Allard said.
Javier Antonio Lopez, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter and a firearm allegation, was sentenced to 31 years in prison. Another Encinitas gang member, Jose Angel Barraza, also pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 24 years behind bars.
Victor Lopez. Javier's cousin, is scheduled to be sentenced by Vista Judge Daniel Goldstein.
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