LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A jury today recommended that a gang member spend the rest of his life in prison for killing two men, but deadlocked on punishment for three other murders he was convicted of committing last year.

Jurors deliberated about a week before urging Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler to sentence William Vasquez, 31, to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the Jan. 27, 2002, murder of Alex Haro
and the Dec. 3, 2003, murder of Kevin Walton, according to Shiara Davila-Morales of the District Attorney’s Office.

The panel deadlocked on recommending execution or life in prison without the possibility of parole for three other murders — the March 5, 2005, killings of Jonathan Hernandez and Hector Bonilla and the Sept. 24, 2005, shooting death of Jesse Becerra.

It was the second time a jury deadlocked in the penalty phase of Vasquez’s trial.

The first jury to hear the case against Vasquez convicted him of the five killings in Los Angeles and Santa Monica over a period of more than three years, but it deadlocked on what punishment to recommend for each of the

It was unclear if prosecutors would seek another penalty phase of trial for Vasquez.

Vasquez is next due in a downtown courtroom on Jan. 6.

Comments (7)
  1. pamfila says:

    he’s innocent! stupid system! always putting innocent people behind bars!

  2. CHESPIRITO says:


  3. PAMFILO says:

    FREE WILLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Chompiras says:

    that is B.S.!!! Freeee Willy!!!!!!

  5. consec01 says:

    If he killed allf those people then he should suffer and pay the for his crimes. I believe in capitol punishment but lets make it cheap and easy a firing squad. Short and sweet cheap and easy.

  6. Monica Velasquez says:

    Everyone deserves a second chance in life. The stories that they say about him are not true. The system is stupid and they need to find someone to put in jail. I think he is innocent.

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