Seaside Gang Member Sentenced in Revenge Shooting | Crime
Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo announced that Vicente Lopez, a 27-year-old resident of Seaside and Paso Robles, was sentenced to a term of 44 years to life in prison.
Lopez was convicted by a jury of attempted murder with gang and gun and great bodily injury enhancements, for an October 13, 2006 shooting of another Seaside resident.
The 19- year-old victim in that case had stopped associating with the gang and had testified against a gang member.
Lopez and Mauricio Morales, both active Seaside gang members, saw the victim riding his bicycle on the street in Seaside. Lopez grabbed a loaded gun from Morales, fired at the victim and hit him once in the head and once in the back. Luckily both shots had glancing trajectories and the victim survived to testify against Lopez at trial.
Morales had pled guilty in 2007 and is currently serving a prison term of just under ten years. Lopez fled after the shooting and was not apprehended until 2009. He had previously been sentenced to the California Youth Authority for a gang related attack on another Seaside resident.