SANTA ANA (AP) — A teenage bicyclist convicted of killing a rival gang member in Santa Ana because he resented the way he looked at him has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison.

KNX 1070’s Brian Ping Reports

Orange County prosecutors say 15-year-old Andrew Cervantes, who was tried as an adult, received the maximum term Friday.

Cervantes was convicted of second-degree murder and street terrorism with gang sentencing enhancements on Sept. 8 for the killing of 17-year-old Manuel Orozco.

Prosecutors say Cervantes was riding his bike when Orozco gave him a hard stare perceived as disrespect.

Cervantes’ attorney Ken Morrison argued it was self-defense because Orozco reached for his waistband. He was unarmed.

A co-defendant, 15-year-old Jose Moreno, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact and received three years in juvenile hall.

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Comments (12)
  1. Big Jue says:

    That is what he gets! Stupid gang banger! What til you stare at big bubba in prison.

  2. FFL says:

    Wow this banger sure showed em didn’t he? The “macho image” mentality strikes again..

  3. ILLEGALS says:

    Kill 2 birds with one stone.. At least it got 2 gang bangers off the streets.

  4. MOM says:

    Who do we hate more? Cholos or Wetb@cks? Lets take a survey.

    1. la82 says:

      Pedophiles #1, Ignorant/racist idiots like you in a close second. Followed by gang members…

  5. Tom says:

    Dear la82: If it walks like an illegal alien anchor-baby gang member, talks like an illegal alien anchor-baby gang member, and gets into trouble like an illegal alien anchor-baby gang member, guess what? It must be an illegal alien anchor-baby gang member. Nothing racist about posting the truth no matter how much it hurts, no matter how much you don’t like it. I am sick to death of reading about crimes committed by illegals (and their spawn) who shouldn’t be here in the first place, and then when people speak out against it, suddenly it is racism. No…it is legal American citizens who have had enough.

    1. Karen says:

      I agree Tom. I just can’t get over the fact that this idiot will be in jail more than 3 times longer than his current age. Wow. Is he ever tough or what? He just wasted his whole life – over a stare. What a Loser with a capital L.

  6. HollywoodSaint says:

    i wonder if he feels remorse….after all…we are all human beings regardless of what country we come from. i wonder how the citizens of iraq feel about us in their homeland

    1. Karen says:

      What does that have to do with illegal aliens? We are not illegal aliens in Iraq in case you did not know.

  7. Phil Yamamoto says:

    Tom ….I agree with you 100%. You got it right on all points. In regards to him having any regrets, he has none. His parents are partly responsible for raising a monster.In gang culture, it’s a rite of passage to be going to prison. After he Commits murder in prison, he’ll never get out alive. He’ll die in prison. The streets of Santa Ana are a little safer with him gone. Thank God the judge had the courage to sentence him to the max.

  8. Kai says:

    I just wish the US can round up all the gangs, put them in one island and let them at each other. Let them kill themselves so we don’t get our hands dirty.

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