Teen gang member gets max sentence in homicide case

Posted: February 22, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Jaime Carrera, 19, stands next to defense attorney Joseph Campbell on Monday in State District Judge Michael Vigil's courtroom as Carrera was being sentenced to the maximum 16 years in prison for an April 2010 second-degree murder. (Geoff Grammer/The New Mexican)

Jaime Carrera was an adult (by age anyway) for about three months when he shot and killed his 17-year-old friend Edward Herrera over a girl.

Carrera will be in his early- to mid-30s the next time he’s out of prison.

State District Judge Michael Vigil on Monday sentenced Carrera, a member of the Sureños gang, to the maximum 16-year prison sentence for his pleading guilty in October to second-degree murder.

Vigil had some strong words for Carrera:

“I have lots of hope for lots of people. but in your case, I have no reason to believe you’re going to change your life.”

And to his family who was in the court, who the judge says did nothing when they saw him join a gang at the age of 13:

“People just sit back and watch their kids join these gangs and don’t stop it. If you’ve got young children, you’ve got to fight for them.”

Carrera will still be sentenced for up to nine years for his pleading guilty to an armed robbery of Latinos Unidos, 1242 Siler Road, in February 2010.

Here is a link to a story published in Tuesday’s New Mexican with more details about the homicide case:

  1. samantha says:

    In my opinion, Any one who is careless enough to take someone else’s life, should get life in prison with out the possibility of parole! well he should have fun in prison, i’m sure the inmates will have fun with him! Prayers go out to the Herrera family.

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