A gang member who was convicted of five murders during a three-year crime spree, including the fatal shootings of two men in Santa Monica, has been sentenced to five consecutive life terms.
William Vasquez, 31, was sentenced by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler March 9 to life without the possibility of parole plus 156 years to life in prison, county district attorney spokeswoman Shiara Davila said.
Vasquez was convicted on Dec. 9, 2010, of five counts of first-degree murder. Jurors found true the special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and that the defendant was an active participant in a criminal street gang, Davila said.
The defendant was additionally convicted of one count of attempted murder and two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, she said. Gang and gun allegations were also found true.
The charges stem from five murders and other crimes between 2002 and 2005.
Two of the killings occurred at the Santa Monica Moose Lodge on March 5, 2005, when Vasquez and another man fired 26 rounds at Jonathan Hernandez, 19, and Hector Bonilla, 25, who were both unarmed, according to the district attorney’s office.
Two others were also convicted in connection with the murders of Hernandez and Bonilla.