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Gang member gets life in murders of teens at Oceanside park

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VISTA (CNS) - A gang member who fatally shot a teenage couple in an Oceanside park in a retaliation attack was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

AL'C Bejaran, 21, pleaded guilty last month to two counts of murder and admitted a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders in the May 3, 2011, shooting deaths of 14-year-old Sandra Salgado and 16-year-old Fernando Solano at Libby Lake Park.

Justin Gibson, 21, and Kenneth Hamilton, 36, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the attack and admitted gang allegations and being vicariously armed with a firearm. They each will be sentenced to 20-year prison terms at a Jan. 14 hearing.

Patrol officers found the teens' bodies at the Calle Montecito Street open-space area about 10:30 p.m. on May 3, 2011, while responding to reports of gunfire.

The teens, who relatives said were boyfriend and girlfriend, had no gang ties, police said.

According to previous court testimony, Hamilton and Gibson -- members of a predominately black gang -- said they went to the park in rival Hispanic gang territory with Bejaran the night of the murders.

Hamilton told detectives they were smoking marijuana when Bejaran spotted them on a hillside and shot them.

Bejaran's girlfriend testified that he wanted revenge for an attack on Hamilton days earlier.

A fourth gang member, Tyrone Blackmon, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact and was sentenced to four years in prison.

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