LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former boss of a Los Angeles street gang has been convicted of eight murders and 10 attempted murders.

The district attorney’s office says 37-year-old Marvin Mercado was convicted Wednesday on all but two counts. He remains jailed without bail.

Next week, jurors will begin deliberating whether to recommend life in prison or the death penalty.

Prosecutors say Mercado, who led the Asian Boyz gang, was involved in 1995 and 1996 attacks in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys.

The victims included ambushed gang rivals, a man killed in a home-invasion robbery and three men who were mistaken for gang enemies.

Seven people received life sentences for the crimes in 1999 but Mercado remained at large until 2007, when he was found living in the Philippines under an assumed name.

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Comments (12)
  1. Staffushenziheimer says:

    Mr. Mercado was, and always has been an outstanding member of the community. Why he is being convicted of something he didn’t do is beyond us. This is just a travesty.

    Signed, The A.C.L.U. and most of the liberals in the state of California.

    1. Staffushenziheimer says:

      Correction: Mr. Mercado is, and always has been………..

    2. Nancy Kay says:

      your stupidity knows no bounds

      1. Staffushenziheimer says:

        Tim said absolutely nothing wrong Nancy.

  2. Ou812 says:

    Staff love it keep it up

  3. casejoker says:

    They love asian boys in prison.

    1. CaseSmoker says:

      You speak from experience?

      1. casejoker says:

        your daddy told me!!!

  4. Scott Stevenson says:

    Do not pass go! Do not collect $200!


  5. Andrew says:

    8 murder convictions and they’re CONSIDERING death!!!??? Just the 10 convictions for attempted murder alone should carry the death penalty.

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