Michael Burgin, One of Two Final Defendants in Crime Ring That Hit OC Jewelers, Gets 90 Years

Categories: Crime-iny
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The final two North San Diego County gang members who were part of a crime ring that robbed Tustin Village Jewelers and Baca Jewelers of Laguna Beach in 2009 received their sentences today--and one was the largest handed out in the case: 90 years to life in state prison. Michael Burgin, 32, received that sentence after being found guilty by a jury in January of two felony counts each of second degree robbery, second degree commercial burglary, and street terrorism.

The jury also found true sentencing enhancements for criminal street gang activity, the vicarious use of a firearm by a gang member, and two prior strike convictions for first degree burglaries in 1999 and 2002.

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Adam Weick
Burgin's 31-year-old co-hort, Adam Weick, was convicted in January on one felony count each of second degree robbery, second degree commercial burglary, and street terrorism, with sentencing enhancements for criminal street gang activity, the vicarious use of a firearm by a gang member, and a prior strike for kidnapping in 2005. He was sentenced today to 21 years in state prison.

Click here for complete breakdown on the case and the convictions, sentences and booking photos of most of the other defendants.

However, some defendants received their sentences after that item was posted, including:

  • Aida Arroyo, 30, who pleaded guilty at the same January trial to one felony count each of second degree robbery, second degree commercial burglary, and street terrorism, with sentencing enhancements for criminal street gang activity and the vicarious use of a firearm by a gang member. She was sentenced last month to 12 years in state prison.

  • Pedro Avina Hernandez, 32, in January was sentenced to six years in state prison after the jury found him guilty of one felony count each of second degree robbery, second degree commercial burglary, and street terrorism, with sentencing enhancements for criminal street gang activity and the vicarious use of a firearm by a gang member.

  • Veronica Kyriakides, 43, in a separate but related case pleaded guilty to one felony count of receiving stolen property for the benefit of the gang and was sentenced to six months in jail, which she has already served.

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ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

They'll rot in prison for decades. But it seemed like a good idea at the time. Unfortunately, the taxpayers get billed plenty. There must be some far cheaper way to address the long term incarceration of dangerous prisoners.

Dave
Dave

There is. It's called the death penalty. And it should be used for more than just murder, and a lot more often.

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