Gangland was started ten years ago as a methods of tracking and reporting the social growth of gangs worldwide.It is based on factual reporting from journalists worldwide.Research gleaned from Gangland is used to better understand the problems surrounding the unprecedented growth during this period and societies response threw the courts and social inititives. Gangland is owner and run by qualified sociologists and takes no sides within the debate of the rights and wrongs of GANG CULTURE but is purely an observer.GANGLAND has over a million viewers worldwide.Please note by clicking on "Post Comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite.
PROFANITY,RACIST COMMENT Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.
Send us your feedback


Comments:This is your opportunity to speak out about the story you just read. We encourage all readers to participate in this forum.Please follow our guidelines and do not post:Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo, such as accusing somebody of a crime, defaming someone's character, or making statements that can harm somebody's reputation.Obscene, explicit, or racist language.Personal attacks, insults, threats, harassment, or posting comments that incite violence.Comments using another person's real name to disguise your identity.Commercial product promotions.Comments unrelated to the story.Links to other Web sites.While we do not edit comments, we do reserve the right to remove comments that violate our code of conduct.If you feel someone has violated our posting guidelines please contact us immediately so we can remove the post. We appreciate your help in regulating our online community. Read more:

Search Gangland

Custom Search

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Royale LeBlanc,"Crazy Teno," now 23, was convicted on June 12 of first-degree murder for the Nov. 25, 2006, killing of Carlos Urzua

22:50 |

Royale LeBlanc, now 23, was convicted on June 12 of first-degree murder for the Nov. 25, 2006, killing of Carlos Urzua, of San Francisco. He was also found guilty of second-degree robbery and participation in a criminal street gang.Urzua, 29, was robbed and attacked by a handful of men at about 3 a.m. after being dropped off outside his home in the 900 block of Alabama Street. He was stabbed three times in the neck, abdomen and chest, suffering 18 wounds total. He died later at the hospital.Some of Urzua's friends witnessed the attack and called police as Urzua bled to death in his father's arms.LeBlanc and Jonathan Johnston, reputed Norteno gang members, were arrested a short time later after they were spotted driving nearby. Their white Chevrolet Caprice matched the description of the suspect vehicle and bloody clothes were found inside the car.LeBlanc, nicknamed "Crazy Teno," also had Urzua's cell phone.The main witness in the trial was a young man who testified he was in the car with LeBlanc, Johnston and others that had been following the car in which Urzua had been riding.The witness, who was 16 years old at the time and a prospective gang member, said Johnston, the reputed shot-caller in the gang whose nickname was "Savage," mistook Urzua for a member of the rival Sureno gang.
Johnston told LeBlanc, "There's a scrap, go get him," according to the witness.
The witness said LeBlanc followed Urzua up the front stairs, and then robbed and stabbed him.Urzua, a single father of a 10-year-old girl, who lived with his father and younger brother at the home, had no gang affiliation.Urzua's father read a statement in Spanish in court today, thanking the judge, police and prosecutors for bringing "justice" for his son's death.Urzua's sister, Karla Urzua, said she was "grateful ... that justice has been served for my brother Carlos."LeBlanc's attorney, Mark Goldrosen, argued for leniency, saying his client came from a "very disadvantaged and very difficult background."Goldrosen said LeBlanc's mother abandoned him as an infant and that his father died of a drug overdose when he was young.LeBlanc then lived in the care of his grandparents, but a lack of emotional support "left him vulnerable to fall into the gang lifestyle," Goldrosen said.
Judge Jerome Benson, however, sentenced LeBlanc to the full term of 28 years to life in prison.Benson called the murder "depressing and anger-provoking" and "an example of the mindless gangland violence that plagues many urban areas in this country."
Benson said the evidence presented at trial showed "that this was a wanton, senseless, monstrous and brutal murder."Johnston, now 30, was convicted in June of second-degree murder and participation in a criminal street gang for Urzua's killing. He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 9.

You Might Also Like :



Related Posts with Thumbnails