Skip to comments.West L.A. Gangster Mocks Mother of Teen He Murdered
Posted on 01/12/2014 3:30:11 PM PST by nickcarraway
A West Los Angeles gangster who killed two people and tried to murder 12 others was warned by a judge to "stop smiling" during sentencing yesterday, but that didn't stop him from smirking and chuckling as one of the victim's mothers deplored his crimes in court.
See also: Jose Zapien, West L.A. Gangster, Convicted for Murdering 2 Santa Monica Youths.
The dark side of a longstanding rivalry between West L.A. and Santa Monica gangs played out in the sentencing of 25-year-old Jose Zapien, who headed west from his Sawtelle neighborhood to kill a 15-year-old high school football player and a young man in separate shootings nearly eight years ago.
Zapien was a teenager when he committed the Feb. 28, 2006 murder of 15-year-old Eddie Lopez and the Dec. 27, 2006 killing of 20-year-old Miguel Martin in Santa Monica.
See also: 3 West L.A. Gangsters Arrested in Santa Monica Murder Case.
Prosecutors alleged that Zapien's attacks, including the attempted murders of 12 others, were retaliation for the 2004 shooting death of a fellow Sotel gang member at the hands of a Santa Monica 13 gang rival.
The Los Angeles Times, which reported that Zapien emitted a "dismissive chuckle and smirk" during the address of Lopez's mother in court, published a menacing photo of the gangster in which his "Sotel" and "WLA" head tattoos were on display.
He was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus an additional 95 years.
Santa Monica police worked with LAPD gang detectives to crack the case and bring it to the District Attorney's Hardcore Gang Division.
Zapien's "strongest and most despicable trait," Deputy District Attorney Andrew Cooper said, is his "lack of reverence for human life.''
is his “lack of reverence for human life.’’
Whatever. If it doesn’t cost him anything, why not do it?
Explain to me why this man should not be executed?
The “culture of death” is really working the wrong side of the street.
Fry his thug a$$.
This is why we have the death penalty. We need to use it more often and with more haste.
If Obama had a son......
lack of reverence for human life. Then why not take his life instead of waste taxpayer money preserving his?
What is the state gonna do, lethal inject his bones?
It’s a shame he wasn’t put in Pelican Bay max, he could smirk by himself in his cell 23 1/2 hours a day for the rest of his life.
The “plus thirty-five years” were for smirking?
Wow, I'll bet that really put the fear of God into him. Not. These criminals don't fear California law. The worst punishment this chump will ever get, is from other inmates.
Come the revolution we will storm some of these many Bastilles, only not to let the prisoners out but to make the Bastards PAY.
Or make prison so horrible that the rest of his life will be spent begging for death.
Its a shame he wasnt put in Pelican Bay max, he could smirk by himself in his cell 23 1/2 hours a day for the rest of his life.
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I will ‘see your sentence’ and raise you to 22 in isolation.
1/2 hr. in early AM spent in the exercise yard with the Skinheads.
1/2 hr. in early PM spent in the exercise yard with the Muslims.
1 hr. in early evening with his ‘Latino’ Brethern WITH the exception of ANY of his gang members.
That should prove to be an interesting however long he survives.
In CCW states, criminals are much more at risk of dying from being shot by an armed citizen, than by being executed. Which is why we need more CCW.
Garbage like this creature need to be executed immediately after conviction.
Let’s pray for jailhouse justice to wipe the smirk and the breath from him.
A West Los Angeles gangster who killed two people and tried to murder 12 others... nearly eight years ago. Zapien was a teenager when he committed the Feb. 28, 2006 murder of 15-year-old Eddie Lopez and the Dec. 27, 2006 killing of 20-year-old Miguel Martin in Santa Monica... Prosecutors alleged that Zapien's attacks, including the attempted murders of 12 others, were retaliation for the 2004 shooting death of a fellow Sotel gang member at the hands of a Santa Monica 13 gang rival.Thanks nickcarraway.