SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Four men were sentenced Friday to probation and jail time already served for their involvement in a drug deal gone bad in which a man was shot to death after being accused of stealing $15,000 and 30 pounds of marijuana.
Allan Constantino Ramirez, his brother Christian Constantino Ramirez, and Raymundo Meza all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit and assault with a deadly weapon. Ramon Hernandez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess marijuana for sale.
Allan Constantino, 23, was placed on probation and given credit for 452 days in jail. Judge Robert F. O"Neill also imposed - but suspended - a prison term of four years.
Christian Constantino, 27, was sentenced to probation and given credit for 677 days in jail.
Meza, 23, was placed on probation and given credit for 809 days behind bars. A three-year prison sentence was imposed but suspended.
Hernandez, 22, was sentenced to probation and given credit for 325 days in jail, and had a two-year prison sentence suspended.
The judge ordered the defendants to collectively pay $3,245 in restitution.
Co-defendant Luis Niebla, 26, pleaded guilty last year to voluntary manslaughter and others charges stemming from the Nov. 25, 2006, death of Porfirio "Noe" Lopez. Niebla was sentenced in January to 26 years in prison.
The 29-year-old victim was shot seven times in the face and body after he told co-defendant Luis Bello that Niebla and Hernandez took the money and drugs from Bello the night before, according to Deputy District Attorney Chris Lindbergh.
Bello and others confronted Niebla, who denied the theft. Niebla, Bello and others then picked up the victim at the Plaza Bonita shopping center and took him to a spot behind some horse stables, where he was shot, Lindberg said.
The prosecutor called Lopez's killing "senseless" because the victim was not even involved in the theft.
The victim's daughter was 10 days old when he was slain, family members said.
Bello, 23, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, false imprisonment, transportation of marijuana and possession for sale of marijuana and was sentenced in January to eight years and four months in prison.
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