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Gang Member’s Tattoo Solves 2004 Murder, Leads To Conviction

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NORWALK (AP) — A Southern California gang member who had a murder storyboard tattooed on his chest has been convicted for killing a gang rival.

Twenty-five-year-old Anthony Garcia was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder and shooting at an occupied vehicle.

Garcia’s tattoo detailed the shooting of 23-year-old John Juarez in Pico Rivera on Jan. 23, 2004.

The case had turned stale until Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide investigator Kevin Lloyd saw a photo of Garcia’s tattoo and recognized the crime and details of the killing because he was a station sergeant in Pico Rivera at the time.

Garcia faces 65 years to life when he is sentenced on May 19 in a Norwalk court.

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