Dumbest OC Criminal of the Day! Congratulations, Freddy Rodriguez!

Freddie Rodriguez Darkside duh.jpg
"Freaks" forgot Rule No. 1 after a killing
Four brothers were taking a post-dinner walk in their Santa Ana neighborhood in April 2007 when a vehicle drove up and stopped. The occupants were from Orange County's Darkside criminal street gang, and they wanted to know if the brothers were "gangbanging."

The brothers said no, but a fight ensued, and the Darkside crew pointed guns and pulled the triggers.

Embarrassingly, the guns repeatedly misfired, causing the brothers to ask if the weapons were toys.

Then the driver got out. Though old, his .38-caliber Colt handgun worked. Four or five gunshots went off, killing one of the brothers. The vehicle with the assailants sped off into the night.

Now, if you'd just murdered someone with a gun, and the fatal bullet you'd lodged into your victim's chest could be traced back to that gun, what's the one thing even a semi-smart killer would do?

That's right: quickly get rid of that gun. Certainly don't be caught by police holding it.

Sadly for 19-year-old Darkside hoodlum and convicted felon Freddy "Freaks" Rodriguez, the successful shooter during the street fight with those brothers, he couldn't think of that simple move on his own, and none of his homeboys thought to give him good advice.

The night after the murder, two Santa Ana cops entered an apartment complex on an unrelated call, encountered Rodriguez and watched him flee while tossing a gun over a fence.

Forensic testing proved that gun was the murder weapon in the incident with the four brothers and held DNA linking it to Rodriguez.

After his arrest, Freaks tried to argue the gun wasn't his and that he'd left the Darkside gang. But the cops, who had a detailed file on him, noted new shin tattoos: a "D" and an "S." While awaiting trial, Rodriguez also sent communications around the Orange County Jail in which he referred to himself with his gang moniker. Oops.

An April 2010 jury convicted him, and Superior Court Judge Dan McNerney sentenced him to prison.

Rodriguez appealed, citing a lack of credible evidence against him. He also correctly noted that the surviving brothers had failed to pick him out of a police lineup after his arrest.

But this month, a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana considered his arguments and determined that the evidence--mainly the gun--was strong enough for a jury to reasonably find him guilty.

Upshot: Convicted felon plus gun possession plus murder plus gang membership equals disaster.

Because he was dumb enough to carry inside his waistband a weapon hours after it was used in a murder, Rodriguez will get to think about his mistake in a California hellhole for . . . the rest of his life. When he's done serving that sentence, he'll still owe an additional 30 years in prison, according to McNerney's punishment order. His life in freedom ended at just 19.

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Justice
Justice

After he dies in prison deport his dead body.

Stradavarushippopatamus
Stradavarushippopatamus

So Freddy still has the gun, tosses it and it is linked to the murder. Sounds like a familiar crime that was recently in another paper, some dude named burmarillo or burritoillo or something like that. His family, especially his winey sister keep posting his innocence. hey dumbo, how come you have a gun ? You a security guard or something? Your life is in a cage, where you belong. Too bad gangy boy, got what you deserve. 

VanGogh20
VanGogh20

Wow who would of thought he was Hispanic?

Francisco Franco
Francisco Franco

Paisas personal issues. How the ignorance plague the city of Staba Ana. They should be shot like animals for not having a single human conscience.

elifigs
elifigs

Does anyone proof read these articles before submitting them online??????? 

Streets
Streets

Hey Mitch, when a young couple from upstate New York, move to California and get a divorce, does that mean thier still brother and sister? 

mitch young
mitch young

Daaamnn 'streets', it's a regular reunion familial today at OC Weekly. Just remember, after you've had a couple of Suazas with Tecate chasers,  to stay away from prima Yesica. Wouldn't want anything untoward happening.

BetaRayBill.
BetaRayBill.

May be he was born here. La mayoríade esto putos son nacidos aquí, o mejor dicho, malnacidos aquí.  Lo únicoque saben hacer correcto esto PUTOS es tener hijos bastardos y denigrar lacultura Mexicana.

Earl
Earl

Proof reading is done in Bombay. Waiting on arrival of second shift.

mitch young
mitch young

LOL. But that's straight out a Brooklyn, biyatch. Grandpapa, now he was from Upstate.

mitch young
mitch young

Pues, quizas serîa mejor que sus padres se queden en México, donde pueden criar niños respectosos y bién educados.

Justice
Justice

Mehicani ne nic ampak joci in krivi. Zivi dokaz indijci zajebak osli. ROFLMAO!

Bill T.
Bill T.

Your family could have been here since 1828 and they would still whine.

Streets
Streets

Probably from Williamsburg..........aint ya.................

Streets
Streets

Brooklyn.............ha,ha, ha,ha,...........what a joke!  Thanks for the admission you fuckin mutant!

mitch young
mitch young

Well, I wasn't born yesterday, however not quite that old. Actually  my family lived in Long Beach briefly -- I don't know why they picked Dominguez Valley as their hospital of choice. But that's Compton.

Actually you'd be surprised at how recently places like Inglewood had substantial white populations.

Streets
Streets

Banjo is that ironic or what....ha,ha,ha,...........and your familia, begging for free money at the freeway off-ramps and molesting thier niece in the family trailer............

Streets
Streets

Either your African American...or your in your 60's plus...because there are no more pale faces rolling in Compton.....................

Sohobanjo
Sohobanjo

raise one's own kids? mexicans don't bother doing that. too busy hanging at the corner begging for work like peasants so they get enough money for a 12 pack, head back to the tool shed behind the house and bang their hairy leggged wife, nice. 

mitch young
mitch young

Dude, not only am I a native Californian, I was born in Compton -- so back off.

mitch young
mitch young

It's not like there is any shortage of hispanoparlantes  around here!

BetaRayBill.
BetaRayBill.

It means to agree with!  If I can use one word instead of three, I m all for it.

BetaRayBill.
BetaRayBill.

Well! is not the word that is wrong dispite that you spelled it wrong at the bigening.  Crear Ninos. Implies raising kids, but now one's own kids. crear hijos. means to raise one's own kids.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Thanks for the Spanish lesson Beta & Mitch, I def. need all the help/practice I can get (anyone I've inflicted my "Spanish" on will vouch).

Streets
Streets

Your not a native Californian either........New York City, Get a rope!

mitch young
mitch young

'Concuerdo'?

I'd say[Estoy] de acuerdo

But I"m not a native speaker.

mitch young
mitch young

Right on the respectuoso, thanks for that. Wrong on crear vs. criar. Criar is 'to raise', as in raise children.

BetaRayBill.
BetaRayBill.

Moreove, I think you meant to say respetuosos, en lugar de respectosos.

BetaRayBill.
BetaRayBill.

La frasecorrecta es, crear hijos, no es crea niños.   Aborto de incesto.

BetaRayBill.
BetaRayBill.

Concuerdocon la mitad de lo que proclamas, sin embargo tus motivos los cuales son de unmediocre retrograda anulan la poca razón que tienes.

mitch young
mitch young

I'm onto you, just running English through random language Babelfish translations. Clever boy.

Justice
Justice

baik cuba dubur ROFLMAO!!!!!

BetaRayBill.
BetaRayBill.

The little yellow bus left without dude.

Bill T.
Bill T.

"you" -> "your". two in one post.  DUH.

Bill T.
Bill T.

"maintaing" -> "maintaining" damn, edit fail again.

Bill T.
Bill T.

I see you're maintaing your high level of coherency in you posts. 'grats.

mitch young
mitch young

Shto he ovo? Cini mi se Hrvatski, ali ne tachno.

Streets
Streets

"Flatbush", high class trash.....................LMFAO what a Maroon...............

mitch young
mitch young

My parents were raised in Flatbush and Bay Ridge if you must know.

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