Skip to comments.Fatal Yakima gang shooting draws 94-year sentence
Posted on 11/16/2012 4:28:01 PM PST by mdittmar
YAKIMA, Wash. A 19-year-old gang member from Yakima was sentenced to nearly 94 years in prison today for a 2010 shooting that claimed the life of a 15-year-old gang rival.
Erik R. Carrascos sentence of 1,126 months works out to 93 years and 10 months. Yakima County Superior Court Judge Michael McCarthy issued the sentence, which includes more than 33 years in firearms enhancements and gang aggravators.
You would have to be the oldest man in the world to ever get out, and thats appropriate given your mind-set, McCarthy told the defendant, who remained silent. You are dangerous.
A jury earlier this month convicted Carrasco of second-degree murder for the slaying of Alexis Ixta, who suffered a gunshot wound to the back of the head as he and four other Sureños cruised rival Norteño territory on North Fourth Street.
The jury also convicted Carrasco of four counts of first-degree assault one count for each of Ixtas four companions plus one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
In doing so, the jury rejected Carrascos self-defense claim that he fired only after he thought he saw a shiny object in the car. Police said no weapons or ammo was found in the car. Testimony at trial suggested gang taunts were exchanged moments before the shooting and that someone in the car threw a can of beer at Carrasco.
Carrasco, a self-admitted La Raza Norteño, was 17 at the time but tried as an adult. His record to that point included a felony conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm and lesser convictions for harassment, obstruction, fighting in public, third-degree malicious mischief and trespassing.
Prior to McCarthys judgment, Ixtas mother told the court that the shooting ruined two lives, her sons and the defendants, and that she had struggled to keep her son from joining a gang. Police previously said they had taken Ixta home the day before the shooting with a warning to his parents that he was hanging out with gang members.
I tried to pull him out of a gang, and I wasnt able to, Maria Ixta said through a interpreter. And that hurts me.
Ixtas father, meanwhile, told the court he has never been able to tell his youngest child, a 5-year-old boy, what truly happened to the boys older brother.
Im grateful it happened to me and not somebody else in my family, Miguel Ixta, also speaking through the interpreter, told the court, because truly this is not something that everybody would be able to survive.
Carrasco declined the opportunity to address the court before sentence was passed.
In calculating the sentence, McCarthy called the defendant a true believer in the gang culture. The sentence included 25 years in firearms enhancements and 100 months, or eight years and four months, in gang aggravators.
Mr. Carrasco, he said, this is the end of the road for you.
1 bullet and two gangbangers out of circulation. Such a deal!
Kudos to the judge for caring for the people of Yakima.
He will kill again.
I’m waiting for the day when an aggressive prosecutor figures a way to charge all of the identifiable members of the gang with conspiracy in a crime like this.
There is no truth in sentencing in Washington. Some states have revolving door justice. Washington has no door justice.
Seems like putting him in a cell with 4 or 5 Surenos
and letting them work out their differences would be
the thing to do.
Yakima, WA has a huge concentration of Mexican gang members. Per capita, it is enormous. But, Washington is a leftist state, and apparently welcomes this “diversity.”
Reading the story, i see the gang name, and the fact that the mother of the victim speaks no english. Was everybody involved here a Mexican?
Like any other town.
Yep,Illegals use to come to Yakima for jobs,now they come to Washington State for free stuff.
This couldn’t possibly be happening in the “Palm Springs of Washington”.