Fullerton Gangster Fights Attempted Cop Murder Conviction

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Flores: But they didn't identify themselves as cops!
When the men in the black pickup truck yelled "come here" to pedestrian Hugo Flores at 12:40 a.m. in Sept. 2008, the Fullerton gangster had three handicaps that would make the chance encounter a life-altering experience.

Flores--who'd just turned 18 years old--was high on methamphetamine, suffered poor vision and, the clincher, possessed a partially loaded, occasionally operative, six-shot revolver.

That combination of factors led the 5-foot-5, newly-initiated Wicked Minds gangster nicknamed "Sly" to make the biggest mistake of his young life.

He raised the weapon and fired at the men, who happened to be Fullerton Police Department gang officers Jonathan Radus and Hugo Garcia

Luckily, the weapon misfired and the officers pounced.

In his defense, Flores claimed he thought the men who'd yelled at him might be rival gangsters and he needed to act in self-defense. Before the confrontation, the officers had not blurted out, "police!" They weren't wearing traditional uniforms either, according to court records.

But a 2010 Orange County jury found him guilty of attempted murder of a police officer, assault with a firearm and street terrorism. Superior Court Judge Gregg L. Prickett sentenced him to spend 38 years in a California prison.

Flores appealed to a higher court. Among several points, he challenged the sufficiency of the evidence against him, especially the testimony of a gang-expert cop. He said the jury shouldn't have been able to consider in his case a litany of prior crimes committed by other Wicked Minds members.

This week, a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana considered the case and rejected all of the defense arguments except for one. A panel of three justices reduced his prison sentenced by eight months after determining that Flores correctly argued that the street terrorism conviction wasn't constitutionally valid.
 
Upshot: He'll be in his 50s when he'll get his first chance to ask a parole board to let him return to freedom.

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18 comments
Petey
Petey

Dang this is my homie. Can't believe he'll be around 50 when he gets out. He was young too.

Gusismyhero
Gusismyhero

at least he wont be breeding any ugly children in jail... too bad we cant stop gustavo from breeding..

BetaRayBill.
BetaRayBill.

I vote for one less pute en las called de california.  fucking gangster all they do is denegrate mexican culture.

Pumpuy2010
Pumpuy2010

Now this should be under the ugliest mug shot of the day! 

Staccs420
Staccs420

I stay in Fullerton and i actually side with this guy. When gang unit rolls up they come in unmarked cars and tinted windows. And when they get out their in plain clothes with no badges showing. Last time they rolled up on us we thought it was a drive by.

Alva
Alva

El futuro de California.

Streets
Streets

Ignorant Minds......is what I would call them...........

Pumpuy2010
Pumpuy2010

Although Gustavo can be condescending and rude, I have respect for the man and would welcome more like him. 

mitch young
mitch young

I vote for you to sober up before posting -- and choose a language!

mitch young
mitch young

Only whites get to be 'the ugly mugshot'. Its the Weakly's version of affirmative action.

BetaRayBill.
BetaRayBill.

On what grounds you waste of human garbage.  I would vote to have you castrated before youdilute the human gene pool, though it might be too late, if so your offspring shouldbe included.  My reason for this is plainand simple. You spent your pathetic existence posting blogs online and do notcontribute to society therefore, away with you!  PS.  I dont drink, Skidmark. 

Liloneaztec13
Liloneaztec13

The point is when you see two big guys one with a razor shaved blad head(Radus)yelling come here in a dark tinted truck and plain cloths you first thought isn't "oh hey it's the police" dumb ass

Claephot
Claephot

That this behavior of gang units increases the risk for citizens to become victims of gang violence, rather than decreasing it as it is their job.

BetaRayBill.
BetaRayBill.

Ouch! that put me in my place. IMBECILE!

mitch young
mitch young

" I dont drink"So you don't even have that excuse...

Jack Grimshaw
Jack Grimshaw

"a blad head ... and plain cloths "? Nope, I wouldn't be thinking police, either - Martians, Venusians or Plutonians, maybe ...

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