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September 24, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Former secret police chief Manuel Contreras was arrested in Santiago in connection with the 1976 assassination of exiled Socialist leader Orlando Letelier in Washington. Acting on a court order, police also arrested Contreras' deputy, Pedro Espinoza, who was chief of intelligence operations under former military ruler Augusto Pinochet, Interior Ministry officials said. Contreras and Espinoza are wanted in the United States for masterminding the slaying of Letelier with a car bomb.
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November 2, 2012 | By Wesley Lowery
Los Angeles Times Pedro Espinoza took pride in his gang affiliation. The 18th Street gang member, with slick black hair and tattoos on his neck and arms, once bragged to a parole supervisor that he aspired to land on death row for his allegiance, prosecutors said. On Friday afternoon, Espinoza was granted his wish. The 23-year-old was sentenced to death for the 2008 murder of Jamiel Shaw II, a standout football prospect for Los Angeles High School who was killed as he walked home from a friend's house.
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NEWS
June 1, 1995 | WILLIAM R. LONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Now that the Chilean Supreme Court has sentenced a former secret police chief to prison for ordering a 1976 assassination in Washington, D.C., this nervous nation is asking: Will he go peacefully? After Tuesday's Supreme Court decision to uphold a seven-year sentence for retired army Gen. Manuel Contreras, 66, the former secret police chief told a television interviewer: "I am not going to any jail as long as there is no real justice."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A 23-year-old gang member who shot and killed a high school football star he mistook for a rival gangster in 2008 should be put to death, a Los Angeles jury decided Wednesday. Jurors reached the verdict after about a week of testimony in the penalty phase of the trial for Pedro Espinoza, a member of the 18th Street gang. The panel was asked to decide what punishment Espinoza should receive for the slaying of 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw II. Prosecutors said Shaw was killed execution-style because he was a young black male carrying a red Spider-Man backpack, which led Espinoza to believe he was a Bloods gang member.
NEWS
November 19, 1993 | WILLIAM R. LONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Retired Gen. Manuel Contreras, flanked by bodyguards and police, had just received formal notification of a Chilean judge's seven-year sentence against him for ordering the murder of exiled Socialist Orlando Letelier in Washington, D.C. "I'm not going to any jail, because justice is going to prevail," Contreras told reporters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2012 | By Wesley Lowery
Los Angeles Times Pedro Espinoza took pride in his gang affiliation. The 18th Street gang member, with slick black hair and tattoos on his neck and arms, once bragged to a parole supervisor that he aspired to land on death row for his allegiance, prosecutors said. On Friday afternoon, Espinoza was granted his wish. The 23-year-old was sentenced to death for the 2008 murder of Jamiel Shaw II, a standout football prospect for Los Angeles High School who was killed as he walked home from a friend's house.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A 23-year-old gang member who shot and killed a high school football star he mistook for a rival gangster in 2008 should be put to death, a Los Angeles jury decided Wednesday. Jurors reached the verdict after about a week of testimony in the penalty phase of the trial for Pedro Espinoza, a member of the 18th Street gang. The panel was asked to decide what punishment Espinoza should receive for the slaying of 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw II. Prosecutors said Shaw was killed execution-style because he was a young black male carrying a red Spider-Man backpack, which led Espinoza to believe he was a Bloods gang member.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office will seek the death penalty against the 20-year-old gang member charged with killing 17-year-old high school football star Jamiel Shaw II. Shaw was several doors from his Arlington Heights home on March 2, 2008, when two men in a car pulled up next to him, asked him if he belonged to a gang and then shot him when he apparently didn't answer, authorities say. Days later, police arrested the...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
His mother said a quiet prayer of thanks. His father dropped his head and rubbed his eyes. Four years after Los Angeles High School football star Jamiel Shaw II's death, the gang member accused of gunning him down because he was carrying a red Spider-Man backpack was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder. Jurors deliberated for barely half a day before returning the guilty verdict against Pedro Espinoza, now 23. The panel found to be true allegations that Espinoza committed the crime in association with a gang and that he personally discharged a firearm.
NEWS
September 17, 1995 | EDUARDO GALLARDO, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Brig. Gen. Pedro Espinoza is Chile's most expensive prisoner. The first military man jailed for torturing or killing civilians under Gen. Augusto Pinochet is the only inmate in a new prison built to hold the former dictator's henchmen. The prison, part of Chile's painful struggle to mete out justice to its former oppressors, has inflamed the smoldering tensions between soldiers and a deeply scarred civilian society. Pinochet gave up power in 1990 but remained head of the army.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
His mother said a quiet prayer of thanks. His father dropped his head and rubbed his eyes. Four years after Los Angeles High School football star Jamiel Shaw II's death, the gang member accused of gunning him down because he was carrying a red Spider-Man backpack was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder. Jurors deliberated for barely half a day before returning the guilty verdict against Pedro Espinoza, now 23. The panel found to be true allegations that Espinoza committed the crime in association with a gang and that he personally discharged a firearm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office will seek the death penalty against the 20-year-old gang member charged with killing 17-year-old high school football star Jamiel Shaw II. Shaw was several doors from his Arlington Heights home on March 2, 2008, when two men in a car pulled up next to him, asked him if he belonged to a gang and then shot him when he apparently didn't answer, authorities say. Days later, police arrested the...
NEWS
September 17, 1995 | EDUARDO GALLARDO, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Brig. Gen. Pedro Espinoza is Chile's most expensive prisoner. The first military man jailed for torturing or killing civilians under Gen. Augusto Pinochet is the only inmate in a new prison built to hold the former dictator's henchmen. The prison, part of Chile's painful struggle to mete out justice to its former oppressors, has inflamed the smoldering tensions between soldiers and a deeply scarred civilian society. Pinochet gave up power in 1990 but remained head of the army.
NEWS
June 1, 1995 | WILLIAM R. LONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Now that the Chilean Supreme Court has sentenced a former secret police chief to prison for ordering a 1976 assassination in Washington, D.C., this nervous nation is asking: Will he go peacefully? After Tuesday's Supreme Court decision to uphold a seven-year sentence for retired army Gen. Manuel Contreras, 66, the former secret police chief told a television interviewer: "I am not going to any jail as long as there is no real justice."
NEWS
November 19, 1993 | WILLIAM R. LONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Retired Gen. Manuel Contreras, flanked by bodyguards and police, had just received formal notification of a Chilean judge's seven-year sentence against him for ordering the murder of exiled Socialist Orlando Letelier in Washington, D.C. "I'm not going to any jail, because justice is going to prevail," Contreras told reporters.
NEWS
September 24, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Former secret police chief Manuel Contreras was arrested in Santiago in connection with the 1976 assassination of exiled Socialist leader Orlando Letelier in Washington. Acting on a court order, police also arrested Contreras' deputy, Pedro Espinoza, who was chief of intelligence operations under former military ruler Augusto Pinochet, Interior Ministry officials said. Contreras and Espinoza are wanted in the United States for masterminding the slaying of Letelier with a car bomb.
WORLD
February 26, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Five top officers in ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet's secret police were charged in the 1974 killing of a dissident army general. Retired Gen. Manuel Contreras, head of the DINA secret police at the time; his deputy, Pedro Espinoza; and three other high-ranking spies are accused of masterminding the car-bomb killing of Gen. Carlos Prats and his wife in Buenos Aires. All have denied the charges, lawyers said.
NEWS
December 27, 1991 | Associated Press
The Supreme Court granted bail Thursday to two former secret police officials pending their trial for the 1976 killings in Washington of a former Chilean ambassador to the United States and his American aide. Retired Gens. Manuel Contreras and Pedro Espinoza were freed on $2,700 bail each. No trial date has been set for the two, charged with ordering the killing of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffit, who died when a remote-control bomb blew up their car.
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