[UPDATED with Continuance to 2016:] Alfonso Gudino, La Habra Gang Banger Who Shot into Random Car, Faces Parole Opposition Today
Gudin conceded before today's hearing that his parole would be denied, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office. He was convicted of attempted murder in 1998 for firing a gun three times into a random--and occupied--car in a rival gang's La Habra neighborhood.
ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 28, 8:11 A.M.: Deputy DA Troy Pino of the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) Gang Unit is scheduled to take a trip to Crescent City today to see that a drive-by shooter who tried to kill a random victim in La Habra in 1997 stays up there.
Alfonso Gudino, 32, is scheduled to go before the Board of Parole Hearings, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations at Pelican Bay State Prison.
Gudino was convicted by a jury on Sept. 22, 1998, of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, shooting at an occupied motor vehicle, permitting another to shoot from a motor vehicle, and committing the crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang. He was sentenced on Dec. 18, 1998, to life in state prison plus three years. According to the OCDA:
On May 10, 1997, Gudino and two fellow gang members drove into a La Habra neighborhood armed with a loaded firearm in search of a random victim to shoot and murder. Gudino observed 19-year-old John Doe, whom he recognized from the neighborhood but did not know, in a nearby car. The inmate and his fellow gang members drove past the victim's vehicle and attempted to murder him by firing three shots into the car. Gudino and his co-defendants then fled the scene. The bullets struck the victim's vehicle, but John Doe was uninjured.
A witness called 911 to report the shooting and provide a vehicle description of the shooters. That same day, Gudino was pulled over by police officers while driving a vehicle matching the description of the suspect's car. He was in possession of a loaded revolver under the backseat with expended casings in its cylinder. Gudino and the two other gang members had gunshot residue on them and were arrested. A subsequent test of a bullet fragment stuck in the victim's car was matched to the gun found in Gudino's vehicle.
Pino will argue that Gudino has failed to accept responsibility or show remorse for his crimes. He was on probation after serving times in jail for possession of a loaded firearm in public at the time of the attempted murder. So, instead of being deterred by the prospect of state prison, Gudino escalated his gang-related crimes, with his shooting at a random victim "evidence of the inmate's callous disregard for human life," according to the OCDA.
Prosecutors also note Gudino's lack of rehabilitation while being incarcerated from 1999 to 2009, a time when he was cited for multiple prison violations that include battery on an inmate, possession of a weapon, possession of alcohol, and possession of a cell phone. He was recently placed in secured housing after joining a violent Hispanic prison gang in April 2010, the OCDA notes.
"The OCDA is opposing the parole of Gudino because he does not accept any responsibility for the crime and falsely claims he did not know he was in possession of a firearm," reads a statement from the agency. "Gudino would pose a threat to public safety if released due to his lack of concern for human life, his inability to follow the rules even while incarcerated, and his recent decision to join a prison gang."
The hearing is scheduled to begin at 8:30 this morning.