Sarith Yin Gets Life Without Parole for Murder of 16-year-old Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Going to prison first--for life, without the possibility of parole, plus another 30 years--is Sarith Yin, 25, Santa Ana.
|Juan Carlos Rodriguez|
Rodriguez was among a group of taggers partying in the early morning hours of Jan. 10, 2010, in an apartment on Myrtle Avenue in Tustin that just happened to be a few blocks away from where members of the Cambodian Tiny Rascal Gang were partying.
When a couple Tiny Rascal members walked past the taggers' party, they were asked about their gang affiliation. Largely outnumbered, the pair went to a nearby liquor store and called for reinforcements.
As Yin covered him, Saway began firing, according to prosecutors. One bullet hit Rodriguez in the back, pierced his heart and exited his chest.
An unidentified man came out of a residence and fired at the attackers, which allowed the female who had been with Rodriguez to flee.
|Ruon Phi Keo|
Rodriguez died the following day.
Saway is charged with one felony count each of murder, street terrorism, possession of a firearm by a felon, attempted murder, assault with a firearm, and sentencing enhancements for murder committed for a criminal street gang purpose, criminal street gang activity, the vicarious discharge of a firearm by a gang member causing death, and the personal use of a firearm.
He has a prior strike conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon for the benefit of a criminal street gang in 2008 and prior convictions for possession of a firearm by a felon in 2008 and vehicle theft in 2005. If convicted, Saway faces double life sentences without the possibility of parole.
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