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Young man gets life-term for murdering teen couple

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VISTA, Calif. — A gang member who fatally shot a teenage couple in an Oceanside park in a retaliation attack was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

prison sentenceAL’C Bejaran, 21, pleaded guilty last month to two counts of murder and admitted a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders in the May 3, 2011, shooting deaths of 14-year-old Sandra Salgado and 16-year-old Fernando Solano at Libby Lake Park.

Justin Gibson, 21, and Kenneth Hamilton, 36, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the attack and admitted gang allegations and being vicariously armed with a firearm. They each will be sentenced to 20-year prison terms at a Jan. 14 hearing.

Patrol officers found the teens’ bodies at the Calle Montecito Street open-space area about 10:30 p.m. on May 3, 2011, while responding to reports of gunfire.

The teens, who relatives said were boyfriend and girlfriend, had no gang ties, police said.

Changes Coming For Libby Lake Park

Officials will be making changes to Libby Park, where teenagers have died in two separate shootings in the past two years. They will be changing the hours and there will be more of a police presence.

According to previous court testimony, Hamilton and Gibson — members of a predominately black gang — said they went to the park in rival Hispanic gang territory with Bejaran the night of the murders.

Hamilton told detectives they were smoking marijuana when Bejaran spotted them on a hillside and shot them.

Bejaran’s girlfriend testified that he wanted revenge for an attack on Hamilton days earlier.

A fourth gang member, Tyrone Blackmon, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact and was sentenced to four years in prison.

4 comments

  • ron

    Young man? You mean pos, scumbag gang banging loser!!! This SOB should have got the death penalty!! Just like he gave his 2 victims!! Pathetic!

    • Say what?

      I had read the story line and said the same thing! Two children where brutally murdered sitting at a park bench, and the story line reads "Young man gets life-term for murdering teen couple"!!!

      Walk this pile of garbage out the back door of the courthouse and put a single bullet in his head!
      Justice severed!!!

      • Esco

        I think you mean justice 'served'.
        And I agree, it was 1st degree murder wasn't it? They planned the attack and executed it right? It's probably because they pleaded guilty and didn't fight it which took that possibility away.

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