A man accused of being the lookout in a 2006 race-motivated gang shooting in the Harbor Gateway area that left a teenage girl dead was convicted today, May 4, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Following a day and a half of deliberations, jurors convicted Ernesto Alcarez, 25, of Torrance of one count of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder. Hate crimes in concert, gang and principal discharge of a firearm allegations also were found to be true.
Deputy District Attorney Gretchen Ford of the Hate Crimes Section prosecuted the case.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus ordered the defendant to return for sentencing on June 20 in Department 102 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Alcarez faces multiple life sentences in prison.
Victim Cheryl Green, 14, was shot to death on Dec. 15, 2006, after two men walked up to a residence and began firing at a group of African Americans.
Co-defendant Jonathan Fajardo, 24, was the shooter. He was sentenced to 320 years to life in prison plus 32 years plus death in April 2011 for Green’s murder and the murder of Christopher Ash, 25. Fajardo incorrectly believed that Ash had provided information to police about the girl’s murder.
Three others were convicted of the Ash murder — Daniel Aguilar, 25; Robert Gonzales, 34; and Raul Silva, 36.
Aguilar was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in September 2010. Silva was sentenced to life in prison without parole in September 2011. Gonzales was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison in December 2011.