South Side Krooks, Anaheim Gang, Lose Thug To Prison After Stupid Shooting

Andrew Aguilar South Side Krooks mug.jpg
Aguilar: What you lookin' at?
You can't help but note Andrew Aguilar's audacity.

At the age of 18 in August 2008, the Anaheim gangster and a fellow hoodlum decided to terrorize their neighborhood.

The two members of the turf-happy South Side Krooks (SSK) criminal street gang approached two other men who'd just finished cleaning up from their car wash business and uttered the phrase of punks: "Where you from?"

Of course, the question had nothing to do with place of birth, but is lowlife street code seeking the name of a gang a person has joined.

Like most productive citizens, the two cars washers didn't belong to a gang and so they remained silent.

To help prove his toughness and inadvertently his stupidity, Aguilar continued to taunt the men. "Fuck you, mother fuckers," he barked, according to court records. "Fuck you, bitches. This is my neighborhood."

Aguilar then pulled a black handgun from his waistband and from a distance of just 20 feet pointed the weapon at the chest of one of the workers. He fired the gun, missed, ran down the street and jumped over a fence with his pal. After looking at a photographic lineup, one of the victims identified Aguilar as the shooter.

On the ball Anaheim Police Department patrol officers noticed the suspect walking down a street. The hoodlum fled through an apartment complex but was eventually captured. Chasing officers claim they recovered a discarded handgun--the weapon used at the car wash crime scene, according to a crime lab ballistics report.

During the 30 months between the crime and his trial, Aguilar didn't tell anyone that he had a defense--not even his own defense lawyer. But by the time of his trial, a story emerged. His father, stepmother and cousin's wife testified that their sweet, adorable loved one couldn't have committed the crime because he had been at home sick when the shot was fired.

For some reason, an Orange County jury didn't believe their alibi attempt and Superior Court Judge Richard W. Stanford sentenced Aguilar to prison.

The gangster appealed his convictions: attempted murder, carrying an unregistered gun in public, street terrorism and gang membership.

In Aguilar's mind, he can't be guilty of attempted murder because the prosecution presented no evidence that he intended to kill. Stated differently, he believes the only way to prove he'd meant to kill was if he'd actually killed his victim. He hadn't been murderous, he argued. His actions had been nothing more than a "rash [and] impulsive act" without premeditation.

He also complained that his punishment is too severe.

A California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana this month ruled on the case.

"The fact that Aguilar confronted [the victim] with a loaded, concealed handgun that was easily accessible is evidence of planning," wrote Justice Kathleen O'Leary for justices William Rylaarsdam and Richard Aronson.

The appellate panel determined that the jury reasonably concluded that Aguilar had "arrived at a cold and calculated judgment to kill" merely to bolster his thug reputation.

They also observed that the shooting "was entirely unprovoked."

Upshot: Aguilar--whose home is now the lovely Wasco State Prison--took this last breath in freedom at the age of 18 and will be about 50 years old when he gets his first opportunity to seek California parole board permission to return to society.

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13 comments
frank_0888
frank_0888

     What circus did these clowns run away from?

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

Noah Flaum? Sounds like a medical condition involving involuntary vomit.

Michelle Trail
Michelle Trail

They don't like car wash employees because it takes away from their own business of raising funds for funerals, duh.

Noah Flaum
Noah Flaum

This article reads like it was written by an infant. Happy about the outcome, however.

Joey Callo
Joey Callo

Young meat for them vets sharks upstate, Good luck fuckhead. Hope ya know what it feels to be prey hahahaha.

Tony Villegas
Tony Villegas

Bad ass mother fucker with a gun. A pussy without it. Have fun mijo LOL!

Nope
Nope

Glad justice was served.  Also glad this little thug was such a horrible shot.  Of course if he were stupid enough to pull out his gun in front of the chasing officers, and if the officers bullets found their mark, the citizens of Anaheim would be outraged.  But just another Mexican on Mexican crime, no problem.  

Jimmy James
Jimmy James

Any happy hour deals on bulletproof vests? Thanks

thebankstersR2blame
thebankstersR2blame

I wonder if Mr. Moxley has the sentiment for white collar criminals? You know, the gang of liars and thieves that nearly bankrupted the world? You don't read as much about those guys in OC papers as you do criminals carrying handguns so I was curious.

clark_bennett
clark_bennett

To bad he wasn't just shot dead by the police, along with his entire family that had the audacity to attempt to defend him.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

 @thebankstersR2blame What planet are you coming from? Moxley has targeted OC's biggest Mafia crew, the Irvine Co., for nearly 20 years.

rotoro91
rotoro91

 @clark_bennett Your solution sounds like genocide. There must be civilized ways to deal with this problem. 

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