Fernando Nanda Torres Guilty of Murdering Michael Barragan as He Left 2010 House Party

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A jury has convicted gang banger Fernando Nanda Torres, 31, of Santa Ana, for the 2010 murder of a man shot in the head while walking away from a house party.

That sets Torres up for a possible sentence of 50 years to life in state prison at a hearing scheduled for Aug. 17 in Santa Ana, although the defendant's attorney told City News Service he will seek a new trial.

Santa Ana resident Michael Barragan and his friends were partying in the home of Patrick John Palomino, 46, in the 400 block of North Newhope Street near Fifth Street in Santa Ana on March 13, 2010.

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Patrick Palomino
Around 1:30 a.m., an argument broke out between Barragan's party and Palomino's party. As Barragan and his friends were leaving, he was shot in the head by Torres. Police arrived to find Barragan on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head. He later died at UCI Medical Center.

Michael Barragan, 2010 OC Homicide No. 7: Executed at a House Party

Torres was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for gang activity.

Palomino, who is also a longtime gang member, was originally charged with murder and gang sentencing enhancements in the case. He pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon in January 2010.

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Interesting.

ReapWHATyouSew
ReapWHATyouSew

For all that I have. For all that's been said and done because of this immature guy who felt the need to do such crime to prove NOTHING, I hope he suffers in jail and receives the best booty sex he has ever had!

Fathvjc
Fathvjc

My condolences go out to his family. Not even a life sentence will help for the pain and suffering he put the family through, but I'm glad he's caught! He'll get what he deserves

Itzlisa108
Itzlisa108

This jerk deserves to rot in jail!

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My heart and prayers goes out to those who knew the victim. It's sad that it took 2 years for justice to be served. Nonetheless, we can only be thankful that it was even served at all. Such a shame that pride and testosterone overwhelm the male species, resulting to unnecessary violence, and in this case, death. I hope the murderer and all who is involved live in regret in their daily lives, even though that regret will never amount to the pain and suffering of those who knew the victim. Make love, not war, all. 

Nate3320
Nate3320

Justice has finally been served for Mikey 19 yr old boy who's life had been taken away. It's about time. No one has the right to take someones life.

Marygaznar
Marygaznar

You reap what you sew. What kind of middle aged men would party with such young kids trying to have fun. Torres should have gotten the death penalty. I don't usually with death upon anybody but in this case, I do. God forgive me but he has taken a good guy away for his immaturity and lack of control of his anger. Mikey was such a good-kinded guy. I love and miss him dearly. I am so angry and hurt by foolish guys like this. Torres. He will eventually be someone's boyfriend in prison and be a sex slave to some man. Like I said you reap what you sew.

Daniel Chacon
Daniel Chacon

Rest In Peace Mikey you will always be remembered primo...

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

Back in the day, people would knuckle under in a fair fight if they had a problem at a house party. The winner would stay and drink beer and gloat with everyone while the loser left to lick his wounds. Usually, they made up at a later time.

Now they just shoot each other in the head. Social deterioration. This is what happens when the immigration system responsible for enculturating, educating, and socializing new immigrants is simply abandoned and the poorest bum rush your country and begin producing anchors (for others to pay for). 

You simply have no reliable societal contract afterwards and civilization deteriorates back to the jungle from which it sprang... only an asphalt jungle in these times.

righteous_mind
righteous_mind

You cannot blame the immigration system for gang violence. This country was found on violence has maintained somewhat of a super power thanks to violence, so before you go and blame immigrants for all the troubles in this country. Make sure that you get to the root of the problem

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

I realize the California public education system has fallen from first in the nation to 3rd from the bottom in the U.S. while the nation's public education system as a whole fell from first in the world to 27th place despite spending more than twice as much in real dollars (e.g. after adjusting for inflation) but even you should be able realize that in real life (unlike algebra) two negatives don't equal a positive. So I shall simply disregard your red herrings.

Nobody's blaming the immigration system for gang violence numbnuts. We're blaming the failure to employ the immigration system for a higher rate of gang violence and that is based on the statistical data and observable reality.

The FBI 2011 threat assessment publication clearly shows that 36.39% of all gang violence in the U.S. is a result of Mexican gangs and Mexican criminal organizations. http://www.fbi.gov/stats-servi...

Mexicans comprise about 2/3 of the Hispanic population in the United States with the entire Hispanic population comprising 16.3% of the U.S. population as of 2012.

I don't know to what extent you can do basic arithmetic having been denied a good education (a result of massive illegal immigration swamping the California public education system with the poorest and most ignorant Latin America has to offer and public unions that don't hire and retain based on performance); however, I'll assume you can at least add and subtract.

The statistics clearly show that Mexicans in the U.S. (I'm using the word to represent both Mexican citizens and U.S. citizens of Mexican origin for the purpose of making this point) are responsible for an inordinate amount of gang violence far exceeding their demographic as a percentage of the U.S. population.

Since you obviously never studied social science adequately, I'll share that with you as well. Sociologists assert that members of a culture must conform to its norms for the culture to exist and function well. And the better those norms are, the greater they benefit society.

It is observable that ours were better before the massive influx of illegal immigrants having taken us much farther as a nation than the country's the illegals sought to escape from. 

But in order for that to occur, they must be taught what those social norms and values are with the expectation that they will follow them and pass them on to their children.

You see numbnuts, in a well-functioning society people cooperate like a system of interconnected parts because they believe it is the "right thing to do." We call this the "social contract." Sociological studies show that people internalize the norms and values (e.g. social contract) of a society to the degree that a society actively imparts them. This is a primary purpose of a nation's immigration system. 

If internalization and socialization fail to produce a positive social conformity, the social contract deteriorates (exactly what we've seen occur due to both massive illegal immigration along with the decline of our traditional culture with its values and norms) and some form of “social control” is eventually needed. Social control may take the form of ostracism, fines, punishments, and even imprisonment.

My point is that millions of immigrants simply bypassed the entire process created by our government and society to accomplish exactly that and retained the very norms rooted in the poor performing societies they were seeking to escape from and passed those on to their children. Even their loyalties, in many cases, are not even to this country. 

(Note that historically, America has referred to the United States of America with the term American often relating solely to the people, language, and culture found within the United States of America and that is how I am using the term). 

And what has been the result? Millions upon millions of illegal immigrants have illegally entered the U.S. and propagated. In large portions of the Southwest United States today, gone is the Americanism along with much of the American dream.

In their place are sprawling concrete urban barrios held by criminal gangs while our judicial system, social safety nets, public education system, etc... are stretched to the breaking point.   

Because they completely bypassed the system of immigration responsible for their education, enculturation, etc..., the U.S. has been partially transformed into the dysfunctional places they sought to escape from rather than them being transformed into the America they entered... an America which was a great forward-thinking, homogenous, safe, and educationally challenging one to grow up in... even right in Los Angeles County in those days. 

These are the facts and as such: they are irrefutable. We can talk about your red herrings another time as they certainly do represent a different discussion than this one after you've had time to digest these truths. 

In the meanwhile, I fully expect you'll spout back a bunch of nonsense that represents your best thinking. Stupid people don't change overnight.

BettaRayBill
BettaRayBill

We could as you say "spout a bunch of bunch of nonsense" Or we can just be glad justice has been served. We could offer our condolences out of respect to the victime and his family.  Dont you think it would have been more civilized if you had started with that?

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