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OC Teen Sentenced To 40 Years To Life For Gang Killing Over Stare

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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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