Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

West L.A. Gangster Mocks Mother of Teen He Murdered
LA Weekly ^ | Fri, Jan 10, 2014 | Dennis Romero

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.''


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; eddielopez; josezapien; losangeles; miguelmartin; santamonica; sawtelle

1 posted on 01/12/2014 3:30:11 PM PST by nickcarraway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

is his “lack of reverence for human life.’’

Whatever. If it doesn’t cost him anything, why not do it?


2 posted on 01/12/2014 3:31:39 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Explain to me why this man should not be executed?

The “culture of death” is really working the wrong side of the street.


3 posted on 01/12/2014 3:31:54 PM PST by jocon307
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Fry his thug a$$.


4 posted on 01/12/2014 3:32:02 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

This is why we have the death penalty. We need to use it more often and with more haste.


5 posted on 01/12/2014 3:33:36 PM PST by marron
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

If Obama had a son......


6 posted on 01/12/2014 3:33:43 PM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

“lack of reverence for human life.’’ Then why not take his life instead of waste taxpayer money preserving his?


7 posted on 01/12/2014 3:34:00 PM PST by Fungi
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Fungi

Exactly!


8 posted on 01/12/2014 3:36:49 PM PST by winner3000
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: jocon307
Are you kidding? In CA, by the time he's about to be executed, he'd have already served his life sentence plus the 95 years.

What is the state gonna do, lethal inject his bones?

9 posted on 01/12/2014 3:37:15 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

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.


10 posted on 01/12/2014 3:37:41 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

The “plus thirty-five years” were for smirking?


11 posted on 01/12/2014 3:37:48 PM PST by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 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.

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.

12 posted on 01/12/2014 3:39:36 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71a)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Fungi

Exactly!


13 posted on 01/12/2014 3:41:19 PM PST by winner3000
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Come the revolution we will storm some of these many Bastilles, only not to let the prisoners out but to make the Bastards PAY.


14 posted on 01/12/2014 3:41:33 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: marron

Or make prison so horrible that the rest of his life will be spent begging for death.


15 posted on 01/12/2014 3:42:38 PM PST by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

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.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
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.


16 posted on 01/12/2014 3:52:27 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 --STUPIDITY?: Lets remove warning labels so we can level the playing field.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: marron
This is why we have the death penalty. We need to use it more often and with more haste.

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.

17 posted on 01/12/2014 3:55:41 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Garbage like this creature need to be executed immediately after conviction.


18 posted on 01/12/2014 3:59:33 PM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mark17

Let’s pray for jailhouse justice to wipe the smirk and the breath from him.


19 posted on 01/12/2014 4:01:57 PM PST by itssme
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
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.
20 posted on 01/12/2014 4:02:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Fungi

Because our legal system has a lack of reverence for our tax dollars.

They don’t have to work for it and they get it free without having to expend any effort.


21 posted on 01/12/2014 4:03:36 PM PST by 353FMG
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

“The dark side of a longstanding rivalry between West L.A. and Santa Monica gangs played out ...”

OK, can someone enlighten me as to what the “bright side” of this gang wars is?


22 posted on 01/12/2014 4:07:20 PM PST by Junk Silver
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

I suppose the only relevant question is “Given the circumstances, which means of execution would be more appropriate: the noose, the gas chamber, or the electric chair?”


23 posted on 01/12/2014 4:08:31 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (There Is Still A Very Hot War On Terror, Just Not On The MSM. Rantburg.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

“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.”

Hmm. Interesting.

In a completely unrelated note, I’d just thought I’d mention the Nevada desert is only about a six or seven hour drive from Los Angeles.

Lots of empty spaces in the Nevada desert, you know. Lots of places for a hole. Lots of places to put something really vile in that hole to make sure no one will ever have to deal with it ever again...


24 posted on 01/12/2014 4:08:46 PM PST by DemforBush (Ice cream, Mandrake? Children's ice cream?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: itssme
Let’s pray for jailhouse justice to wipe the smirk and the breath from him.

It could happen. Rival gang bangers in prison, are well aware of what goes on out in the streets.

25 posted on 01/12/2014 4:09:35 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71a)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: xrmusn

I believe that’d work out well for society.


26 posted on 01/12/2014 4:09:40 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
I believe in Karmic Justice-the kind where he is put in general pop, and a significant portion of that population is rival gang members. I know, I know, the DOP will run him thru the filters and try to make sure that doesn't happen..but hey, mistakes get made all the time. I just hope the last prison movie he sees is "West Side Story"! snap! snap! snap!
27 posted on 01/12/2014 4:12:44 PM PST by blu
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Santa Monica gangs? Man, they’re everywhere! Is Malibu infected yet?


28 posted on 01/12/2014 4:13:35 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

hungry dogs


29 posted on 01/12/2014 4:19:03 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
Zapien's "strongest and most despicable trait," Deputy District Attorney Andrew Cooper said, is his "lack of reverence for human life.''

Along with 98 percent of the Democrat Party. What a coinky-dink.

30 posted on 01/12/2014 4:27:06 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mark17

It sure can.


31 posted on 01/12/2014 4:27:18 PM PST by itssme
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

32 posted on 01/12/2014 4:36:04 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blu
I believe in Karmic Justice-the kind where he is put in general pop, and a significant portion of that population is rival gang members. I know, I know, the DOP will run him thru the filters and try to make sure that doesn't happen.

It will happen. Rival gang bangers walk the same yards, and live in the same cell blocks. They have plenty of access to each other, but usually don't mess with each other, unless the shot callers give their ok.

33 posted on 01/12/2014 4:36:45 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71a)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
When things collapse, what are they going to do with these hardened killers - let them free rather than let them starve? Can you imagine gangs of these people running around terrorizing the countryside?

That alone is reason enough to execute them. As long as they are alive, they are a clear and present danger to others and especially if they escape.

34 posted on 01/12/2014 4:45:07 PM PST by Gritty (Liberals think living your life free of welfare, EBT, and government nannies is "cheating"-J Hawkins)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
the guy looks like a mutant to me


35 posted on 01/12/2014 4:45:25 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Help fight The Neo Stalinists! Donate to your Free Republic)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Poor lighter fluid on the bastard, strap him down and set him on fire.


36 posted on 01/12/2014 4:53:51 PM PST by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
Hog-tie the SOB, put him in a room with the mother and a butcher knife, close the door, and give her five minutes alone with him.
37 posted on 01/12/2014 5:23:23 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Judge, let us know when you allow drive by court attendance...

This guy needs a reality check!


38 posted on 01/12/2014 5:53:42 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
Just another 'dreamer', the son of poor immigrant parents who came here to earn an honest living but because of restrictive immigration laws he never had a chance to reach his full potential in some subsidized university or anti-poverty program.

The fact that he climbed so high in the gang hierarchy points out the subtle leadership qualities this young man had and was denied from exhibiting in the workplace or even in the Democrat party.

Our sainted president has of course spake many times about such wasted lives and opportunities of others like Jose Zapien who were forced to come here and jump the border, live illegally and join a gang who of course became his 'real family'-just as the Democrat party has largely taken over the role of the 'real family' for other border jumpers and felons-
it this not a truly great country!

39 posted on 01/12/2014 6:09:06 PM PST by Larry381 ("God is dead." (Nietzsche, 1885) "Nietzsche is dead." (God, 1900))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
He was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus an additional 95 years.

He'll be out in 10.

40 posted on 01/12/2014 6:12:54 PM PST by Cementjungle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 353FMG

Partly, but the real problem is those who are in control hold and exercise the wrong world view—put there by the people who also hold the same wrong world view.


41 posted on 01/12/2014 6:13:52 PM PST by Fungi
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

He was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus an additional 95 years.

Stupid sentence.. What are they going to do? Revive him when he dies so he can do the remaing 95 years? Put him on ice and store him for 95 years?
This is all just nonsense. He should be gien 1 year to appeal and if not overturned he should immediately be executed..


42 posted on 01/12/2014 8:21:26 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 353FMG

Weltanschauung. To put it bluntly in German.


43 posted on 01/12/2014 10:36:38 PM PST by Fungi
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: marron

There are Death Row inmates in California who have been sitting there for over 30 years.


44 posted on 01/13/2014 9:20:42 AM PST by ridesthemiles
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: marron

OVER 700 of them.


45 posted on 01/13/2014 9:21:08 AM PST by ridesthemiles
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: martin_fierro

Another Manson disciple?


46 posted on 01/13/2014 9:22:44 AM PST by ridesthemiles
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: martin_fierro

That face would be much more appealing after a 12 gage facial. Or perhaps two.


47 posted on 01/13/2014 10:46:53 AM PST by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson