18th Street Gangster Who Used SUV As Lethal Weapon Wants Shorter Prison Sentence

Roa: Fast & Furious
It's understandable that Ruben Roa keeps fighting his violent criminal convictions.

Roa, a 28-year-old member of Orange County's notorious 18th Street gang, is in the early stages of prison sentences totaling at least 40 years and he wants to have a chance to return to freedom before he's an elderly man.

But criminal justice system officials haven't shown any sympathy for Roa, who in Nov. 2006 used a Mercury Mountaineer SUV to chase and crush Rito "Boxer" Guajardo, a rival, Big Stanton gangster who was furiously pedaling his bicycle to get away.

(Roa's first attempt to run over Guajardo failed. He backtracked, found the rival hoodlum again, aimed the SUV, accelerated at his target and succeeded in causing a gruesome death.)

Last year, a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana refused to overturn Roa's second-degree murder conviction and the California Supreme Court declined to entertain the killer's complaints.

A federal judge in Southern California has now considered Roa's allegation that Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly gave faulty jury instructions that denied him what he considered a more fair verdict of manslaughter and a shorter punishment.

This week, U.S. District Court Judge Christina A. Snyder, a 1997 President Bill Clinton appointee to the federal bench, accepted a magistrate judge's determination that the Orange County Sheriff's Department and local prosecutors adequately proved Roa's guilt and that a manslaughter conviction did not fit the government's overwhelming evidence.

Upshot: Roa will continue to serve his lengthy prison sentence inside Kern Valley State Prison in Delano.

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Sometimes (in the judicial system) you gotta flush twice.


Orange County street gang. LOL what stupid pussys

tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

U can't be a man and murder people.

Tell that to the cops that murder people all the time because 80 percent of them are crimiinals while they're on duty and working and getting paid for it..

The system is broken!

Tomas Baden
Tomas Baden

U can't be a man and murder people, he's a classic POS.

Micha Anderson
Micha Anderson

Rot in hell you pathetic excuse of a man. The public doesn't want people like you walking around on the streets. Or driving!

Veronica Malvaez Isaac
Veronica Malvaez Isaac

Want a shorter prison sentence? Hop in your time machine and go back in time to stop your dumb ass from committing a crime. Boom! Done.

Andrew Cusumano
Andrew Cusumano

Manslaughter implies an accidental death, pretty sure when you back up to take a second run at the guy that's some premeditation. sick of fuckin asholes like this trying to use the system for their benefit after they lived a life outside of it. Good thing they're too stupid to realize the logical connections between their absurd claims...

Hayde Concepcion
Hayde Concepcion

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha........................bitch !!!!!!!!!!

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