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April 29, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Van Nuys jurors could not agree Wednesday on whether four Asian Boyz gang members deserve to die for a 1995 series of killings, leaving uncertain whether prosecutors will seek to retry them or settle for life sentences. With the jury split, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Darlene Schempp declared a mistrial, meaning the defendants will be sentenced to life without parole unless prosecutors decide to again seek the death penalty.
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March 8, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
A jury Monday voted for life in prison without the possibility of parole, rather than the death penalty, for a gang shot-caller convicted in connection with eight killings and 10 shootings in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. Marvin Mercado, 37, was convicted last month; the crimes all occurred in the mid-1990s. Mercado was one of the founders of the Asian Boyz gang, which by the mid-1990s had 200 members, with the bulk of its members in Southern California, police said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
A jury Monday voted for life in prison without the possibility of parole, rather than the death penalty, for a gang shot-caller convicted in connection with eight killings and 10 shootings in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. Marvin Mercado, 37, was convicted last month; the crimes all occurred in the mid-1990s. Mercado was one of the founders of the Asian Boyz gang, which by the mid-1990s had 200 members, with the bulk of its members in Southern California, police said.
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June 15, 2000 | LEE CONDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Clara County prosecutors will seek the death penalty against two members of the notorious Asian Boyz street gang for the 1998 slaying of a San Jose man whose son testified against gang kingpins, authorities said Wednesday. The two gang members also intended to kill three key witnesses while the lengthy trial in Van Nuys was underway, as part of a wider conspiracy to disrupt the proceedings, the indictment says.
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May 27, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four members of the notorious Asian Boyz gang officially beat the death penalty Wednesday as prosecutors announced they will not retry the men, but instead accept a penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The men were convicted in March for their roles in seven slayings in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys in 1995, but jurors could not agree whether the four deserved to be executed or should live the rest of their lives in prison.
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September 20, 1998 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even for detectives hardened by the trivialities that can lead to street violence, these crimes defied reason. In an effort to become the most feared Asian gang in Los Angeles, a group of young men are alleged to have engaged in a spate of violence--shooting and wounding strangers, conducting running gun battles on freeways and staging a deadly ambush against a rival gang. "They did it just for fun," Los Angeles Police Det. Larry Dolley said. "They called it summer madness."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1999
Four years after a bloody crime rampage by the Asian Boyz gang in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, the last of the accused was sentenced to a lifetime in prison Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1999
Four members of the notorious Asian Boyz gang beat the death penalty Wednesday when prosecutors announced they will not retry the men but will accept a penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The men were convicted in March for their roles in seven murders in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys in 1995. But jurors could not agree on the penalty.
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June 19, 1997 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five reputed members of a Southeast Asian gang accused of seven killings and a host of other violent crimes in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys since 1995 pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Known as the "Asian Boyz," the gang with 300 members in California primarily targeted rival Asian gang members but also chose their victims among the Southeast Asian community, authorities alleged. "They were a violent, sophisticated criminal street gang," LAPD Det.
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March 3, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven members of the Asian Boyz street gang were virtually guaranteed a lifetime in prison Tuesday after a Los Angeles Superior Court jury had found each guilty of murder, setting the stage for possible capital punishment for four of them. After a four-month trial during which the father of the state's key witness was killed at his San Jose home, jurors convicted the gang in four incidents involving six murders and 10 attempted murders.
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June 15, 2000 | LEE CONDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Clara County prosecutors will seek the death penalty against two members of the notorious Asian Boyz street gang in the 1998 killing of a San Jose man whose son testified against gang kingpins, authorities said Wednesday. The two gang members from Van Nuys also intended to kill three key witnesses during the lengthy Van Nuys proceedings as part of a wider conspiracy to disrupt the trial, according to the indictment.
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June 16, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four years after a bloody crime spree by the Asian Boyz gang in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, the last of the accused was sentenced to a lifetime in prison Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1999
Four years after a bloody crime rampage by the Asian Boyz gang in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, the last of the accused was sentenced to a lifetime in prison Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1999
Two Asian Boyz gang members were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Wednesday, two months after a jury could not agree on whether they should be executed. Superior Court Judge Darlene Schempp sentenced Sothi Mehn, 24, and Bunthoeun Roeung, 22, to three consecutive life terms. Mehn was also given 122 years in prison and Roeung was given 90 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four members of the notorious Asian Boyz gang officially beat the death penalty Wednesday as prosecutors announced they will not retry the men, but instead accept a penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The men were convicted in March for their roles in seven slayings in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys in 1995, but jurors could not agree whether the four deserved to be executed or should live the rest of their lives in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Van Nuys jurors could not agree Wednesday on whether four Asian Boyz gang members deserve to die for a 1995 series of killings, leaving uncertain whether prosecutors will seek to retry them or settle for life sentences. With the jury split, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Darlene Schempp declared a mistrial, meaning the defendants will be sentenced to life without parole unless prosecutors decide to again seek the death penalty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four years after a bloody crime spree by the Asian Boyz gang in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, the last of the accused was sentenced to a lifetime in prison Tuesday.
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