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San Francisco Couple Face Prison Time for Allegedly Killing Daughter’s Alleged Pimp
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Friday, June 15, 2012 | ERIK ORTIZ

Posted on 06/15/2012 8:13:28 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Pair allegedly tracked the victim, a suspected gang member, down and shot him

A San Francisco couple is accused of murdering an alleged pimp in a final bold act to rescue their 17-year-old daughter from a life of prostitution.

Now, her father faces life in prison.

Barry Gilton, 38, and girlfriend, Lupe Mercado, 37, allegedly tracked the victim and gunned him down as he drove in the early hours of June 4, prosecutors said Wednesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Calvin Sneed, the alleged pimp and a suspected gang member from Los Angeles County, was shot with a .40-caliber handgun near Candlestick Park, police said. He crashed his car and later died at San Francisco General Hospital, the Chronicle reported.

The couple is being tied to at least one other attack against Sneed. The 22-year-old was previously caught in a spray of gunfire on May 27 in North Hollywood, and police believe Gilton and Mercado were involved, NBCBayArea.com reported.

The pair, arrested Saturday, have been dating since their teens and are parents of four children, including the 17-year-old, whom local reports didn’t identify. The parents had reportedly found the girl in an escort ad and believed she was working for Sneed.

Gilton was additionally charged with possession of a firearm as a felon; he was convicted of drug charges in 1995, according to the Chronicle.

While Gilton, the suspected gunman, could see life in prison, Mercado also faces up to 25 years behind bars if convicted.

Attorney Eric Safire, who represents Gilton, acknowledged the couple had a motive for killing Sneed, but evidence is flimsy.

“There’s no weapon, and there’s no eyewitness,” Safire said, according to the Chronicle. “What we do know is that the victim is a known gang member, he was out at 2 a.m. in a high crime area — I can only presume he was engaged in his normal and customary (pimping) activities.”

But District Attorney George Gascon told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday that prosecutors have “substantial evidence to believe that this was a premeditated event.”

Sneed’s father, Charles Sneed, referred to his son as “a pimp,” but condemned his killing.

“Who are they to say they are God, to determine whether Calvin lived or died?” Charles Sneed told the Chronicle on Thursday. “How come they didn’t let a judge do that? They took it into their own hands.”

Gilton and Mercado will be arraigned June 20 and are each held on $2 million bail, the Los Angeles Times said.

The couple’s children, including the 17-year-old daughter, are now living with other family, according to reports.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: California
KEYWORDS: justice

1 posted on 06/15/2012 8:13:33 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

the problem started long before the pimp entered the picture

the ‘parents’ lived in San francesspool ... and had kids...

the fault lies with the parents for their daughter getting ensnared by the underbelly of San fran’s seedy left culture


2 posted on 06/15/2012 8:18:40 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: nickcarraway

And most likely the daughter will go back to prostitution.


3 posted on 06/15/2012 8:19:03 PM PDT by doc1019 (Voting for the better of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: nickcarraway

Prison?
There is no justice in a LIBERAL society.
These two people should be given the parentingof the year award.


4 posted on 06/15/2012 8:19:47 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (End the racist, anti-capitalist Obama War On Freedom.)
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To: nickcarraway

Me on the jury, I vote Not Guilty !


5 posted on 06/15/2012 8:26:20 PM PDT by CORedneck
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To: BuffaloJack

If they were that good as parents, their daughter wouldn’t have whored herself out to some pimp in the first place.


6 posted on 06/15/2012 8:30:11 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: nickcarraway
“How come they didn’t let a judge do that? They took it into their own hands.”

If you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself.

Gilton's crime was not doing this about 60 years ago when most fathers would have stood with him and probably convicted him on a wrist-slap.

7 posted on 06/15/2012 8:32:34 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

Yes, the only good part of the story is the pimp is dead and at least employed people won’t have their wages seized to support that one.


8 posted on 06/15/2012 8:34:36 PM PDT by wrencher
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To: nickcarraway

One good man or woman on the jury will settle the case the way it oughta be settled.


9 posted on 06/15/2012 8:35:59 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Subvert the dominant paradise!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Reminds me somewhat of this case:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Oi3Hyxuf5AE

(Caution - Graphic violence)


10 posted on 06/15/2012 8:47:09 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: nickcarraway

Candlestick Park —one of the three super bad parts of San Francisco. Default dress involves drooping pants, NBA jersey, crappy small pistol.

You get the picture.


11 posted on 06/15/2012 8:47:48 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: nickcarraway
Not guilty
12 posted on 06/15/2012 8:49:35 PM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (This Message Contains Privileged Attorney-Client Communications)
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To: MrBambaLaMamba

A man molested a girl in our county. Her stepfather went to see the man, and told him he could have a gunshot wound to each cheek or go to jail. The gun shot was chosen. The man laid on the floor and received two bullet wounds. The step-dad drove him to the hospital and dropped him off. I think the shooter got some jail and probation.


13 posted on 06/15/2012 9:14:45 PM PDT by healy61
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To: nickcarraway

Well, if they didn’t raise their child right and she went to prostitution they certainly made amends for it now.

Give ‘em a medal. Ding dong the pimp is dead. Better than our penal system can do.


14 posted on 06/15/2012 9:15:42 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: nickcarraway

A prime case for jury nullification.

In this case, the authorities had refused outright to intervene. I cant see myself as a juror being able to figure out what is what unless the law enforcement agency (who should have locked up the pimp) were to be a codefendant.


15 posted on 06/15/2012 10:03:43 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Beowulf9
Kids that wind up in prostitution are not always there because they weren't raised right.

Two out of every five childhood sexual abuse victims go on to have some experience in the sex industry as they grow older. Not for a single reason, there are a host of only loosely related pathologies that cause this.

You can't hover protectively over your child every moment or you will produce a basket case. The whole thing is sad.

So, while they could indeed have been bad parents, that is by no means a given.

16 posted on 06/15/2012 10:10:25 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t have a problem at all with them or what they allegedly did. I would do the same... I would ask however where are the grandparents?

It would seem as though this was their responsibility...


17 posted on 06/15/2012 10:14:25 PM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: nickcarraway
What can or will the police do when a young, drug-addicted woman is exploited and degraded by people like Sneed? Not much. There's little sympathy for junkies or prostitutes and generally they don't cooperate with would-be rescuers. I'm glad Gilton and Mercado—despite their possible failings as parents—killed this sack of garbage. I just wish they had been slicker about it.
18 posted on 06/16/2012 1:52:24 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
I'm glad Gilton and Mercado—despite their possible failings as parents—killed this sack of garbage. I just wish they had been slicker about it.

IF they did. Sounds like the police only have a motive, not a case.

19 posted on 06/16/2012 1:59:27 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe

[IF they did. Sounds like the police only have a motive, not a case.]

I’m afraid that the fact we’re reading about this and the parents are being held on a total of $4 million bond means the DA thinks he has a strong case. I hope I’m wrong.

This story would make a good movie but Hollywood with twist it around.


20 posted on 06/16/2012 2:21:08 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

I don’t know their parenting skills, but I do know that it cannot always be blamed on the parent.

Many children run away from good homes because they do not wish to be corrected.

Good parenting begins at birth, but even then some kids just go wrong.


21 posted on 06/16/2012 3:54:50 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: nickcarraway

I told you these “white hispanics” and will get jail time for murdering a black small business entreprenuer.


22 posted on 06/16/2012 4:15:05 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (B B)
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To: nickcarraway

They should be awarded the medal of honor.


23 posted on 06/16/2012 4:37:41 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: nickcarraway

“Who are they to say they are God, to determine whether Calvin lived or died?” Charles Sneed told the Chronicle on Thursday. “How come they didn’t let a judge do that? They took it into their own hands.”

got BIG news for you, Sir.
“God” is not the only arbiter on this Earth.
As for a “judge,” thats a joke correct?

Not guilty by nullification if I were on the jury


24 posted on 06/16/2012 6:47:32 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: nickcarraway

The “victim” was the pimp who got shot, not the girl he exploited as a sex worker.

Got it.

I loathe the media.

They played the same card with the farmhand who was killed while sexually abusing a four year old in Texas.


25 posted on 06/16/2012 6:57:43 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The media ignored the 40th anniversary of Bill Ayers' Pentagon bombing but not Watergate. Ask Why.)
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To: nickcarraway

Jury nullification is the key. Use it to deliver justice when the law as written and applied would result in an unjust conviction.

I applaud the parents. This needs to happen more.


26 posted on 06/16/2012 6:59:52 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: ronnie raygun

Obama’s pals at ACORN were cool with his profession.


27 posted on 06/16/2012 7:01:24 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The media ignored the 40th anniversary of Bill Ayers' Pentagon bombing but not Watergate. Ask Why.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’d need to see a lot more evidence, but with what is presented, I’d vote guilty, fine him $1 and admonish him not to do it again, or I’d be twice as tough on him the next time.


28 posted on 06/16/2012 7:08:26 AM PDT by rigelkentaurus
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To: nickcarraway

If there is proof that they went to local police who did nothing, I think they should be released and sent home with a thank you card for doing the “protect and serve” job law enforcement didn’t do.


29 posted on 06/16/2012 7:11:44 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: nickcarraway

I’m Spartacus!


30 posted on 06/16/2012 7:13:15 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: rigelkentaurus
I’d need to see a lot more evidence, but with what is presented, I’d vote guilty, fine him $1 and admonish him not to do it again, or I’d be twice as tough on him the next time.

Show some compassion will ya? Those two did a public service. At least you could cover the cost of their ammo.

31 posted on 06/16/2012 8:58:01 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: rigelkentaurus
with what is presented, I’d vote guilty, fine him $1 and admonish him not to do it again,

I might agree, albeit with reservations, but the juror's input is over when the verdict is polled.

After you vote guilty, the state will imprison or execute them.

Hence, I would nullify

32 posted on 06/16/2012 10:17:17 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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