LOS ANGELES, CA — Four suspected Duarte gang members were convicted Wednesday of conspiracy to commit murder and other charges in connection with three homicides and two attempted homicides that occurred during a two-month period in Pasadena as a result of what authorities believe was a gang feud.
Isaiah Daniels, 25; Pernell Barnes, 21; Charod Robinson, 29; and Derion Lee, 35 were found guilty in downtown Los Angeles after a Superior Court jury deliberated for about five hours. A fifth defendant — 28-year-old Andrew Vasquez — was acquitted of all charges.
The four defendants face the possibility of life without parole in state prison when sentenced. A status conference was scheduled for Feb. 7.
The crimes occurred between December 2016 and January 2017 as part of a feud between Pasadena and Duarte street gangs, officials said.
Daniels, Barnes, Robinson, Lee, and Vasquez were accused of participating in Jan. 6, 2017, killings of Antoine Sutphen and Ormoni Duncan and the attempted murder of a woman in the 100 block of West Claremont Street.
Police said the victims were fired upon while they were gathered for a vigil in memory of Brandon Douglas, who was killed on Dec. 22, 2016, in the 1200 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue.
Along with the conspiracy count, Daniels, Barnes, Robinson, and Lee were found guilty of first-degree murder and attempted murder and shooting at an inhabited dwelling following the six-week trial.
The jury also found true the special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and murder by discharge of a firearm from a vehicle, along with gang allegations against each of the four men.
Judge Michael E. Pastor — sitting in on Wednesday for the trial judge — wished Vasquez the best after he was acquitted of all charges.
“I wish you Godspeed,” Pastor told Vasquez and ordered his immediate release.
Cristina Vasquez, the man’s mother, said outside court that her son had been jailed for the past 18 months. She said she felt “relieved and happy” at the outcome of the trial.
The woman said her son had been longtime friends with the defendants but was not involved in the crimes for which they were charged.
“He always looked out for his friends,” she said of her son, adding that Andrew would now continue with his plans to become a probation officer.