220 YEARS, 11 LIFE TERMS FOR 19-YEAR-OLD CONVICTED IN SHOOTING.Byline: Karen Maeshiro Staff Writer
LANCASTER - A Lancaster man was sentenced Monday to 220 years in prison plus 11 life sentences for shooting at a family gathered on the last New Year's holiday, slightly wounding two people.
Juan Rayford, 19, was sentenced to life in prison for each of 11 attempted-murder convictions, plus 20 years for each of 11 allegations of using a firearm firearm, device consisting essentially of a straight tube to propel shot, shell, or bullets by the explosion of gunpowder. Although the Chinese discovered gunpowder as early as the 9th cent., they did not develop firearms until the mid-14th cent. .
Rayford is a reputed reputed adj. referring to what is accepted by general public belief, whether or not correct. gang member who went with a group of people to the victims' house at 1:30 a.m. Jan. 3 looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. a young man whom a companion, co-defendant Dupree Glass, 18, wanted to fight.
Somebody in the group started shooting from the front lawn, though defense attorneys said neither Glass nor Rayford had a gun nor did any shooting.
Both teens were convicted in September of 11 counts of attempted murder In the criminal law, attempted murder is committed when the defendant does an act that is more than merely preparatory to the commission of the crime of murder and, at the time of these acts, the person has a specific intention to kill. and one count of shooting at an inhabited dwelling. The Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Superior Court jury also found true allegations that the shooting was done on behalf of or to benefit a gang and there was a discharge of a weapon.
Rayford's attorney, Deputy Public Defender public defender, governmental official who represents indigent persons accused of crime. U.S. Supreme Court decisions expanding the right to counsel to pretrial proceedings and holding that a person cannot be sentenced to even one day in jail unless a lawyer was Richard Guluzza, said his client turned down an offer of 15 years in prison because he said he ``didn't do anything.''
``I tried to see if he would accept that. With all this exposure, 15 years was a fairly reasonable offer. He could get out of prison at 30 or 31, instead of never seeing the light of day again, never coming out of prison,'' Guluzza said. ``He refused to accept the offer, and I feel very bad because of that.''
Glass is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday.
A third teenager was sought in the shooting and remained outstanding.
Guluzza said a person identified only as ``Fatman'' was the one who pulled out a gun and started shooting.
Prosecutors said the defendants are members of two different gangs that are friendly to each other and originated out of Antelope Valley High School Antelope Valley High School is located in Lancaster, California and is part of the Antelope Valley Union High School District. It was founded in 1912. It is located in the Mojave Desert. .
Glass wanted to fight another youth at a party. When that person left the party, Glass and Rayford led a caravan of other cars to the victims' house, looking for the youth, prosecutors said.
The youth was not there, but Sheila Lair was awakened a·wak·en
tr. & intr.v. a·wak·ened, a·wak·en·ing, a·wak·ens
To awake; waken. See Usage Note at wake1.
[Middle English awakenen, from Old English to find her front lawn filled with people, prosecutors said.
Glass, Rayford and a third teen started shooting after Lair confronted Glass on the front lawn and exchanged words with him, prosecutors said.
Family members in the Lair household, including children ages 6 to 19, were crowded in the doorway when the shooting started.
The two people who were struck by bullets suffered superficial wounds, sheriff's deputies said.
Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744