Thursday, February 11, 2010

People v. Ayala (Cal. Ct. App. - Feb. 11, 2010)

Here's the first paragraph of the factual section of this opinion earlier today:

"The Sureños and Norteños are rival street gangs. Defendant joined the Sureños around 1996, when he was 12 years old. In 1997, at age 13, defendant committed assault with a deadly weapon—he stabbed someone in the back at school. In 1998, at age 14, defendant gave a gun to another Sureño to shoot at a car full of Norteños, and defendant‟s accomplice fired four or five shots at the vehicle. The juvenile court held defendant responsible for attempted murder and placed him in the California Youth Authority. Defendant remained incarcerated until February 2005, when he was 20 years old. Five months after his release, he participated in the gang shooting at issue here."

Yeah. That last sentence was a total surprise ending. (*Dripping Sarcasm*)