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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

woman who drove the shooter and three other people away from the scene of a gang-related homicide in April on Madison's East Side was sentenced Monday

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The woman who drove the shooter and three other people away from the scene of a gang-related homicide in April on Madison's East Side was sentenced Monday to four years in prison.
The sentence for Karen Giron-Cruz, 20, was the longest that Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi has handed down among the three people convicted in the case so far.
Giron-Cruz pleaded no contest in December to felony murder for the April 28 shooting death of Antonio Perez, 19, who was taking a break outside work at Webcrafters when he was confronted by four males about his gang affiliation.
According to a criminal complaint, one of them, Ivan Mateo-Lozenzo, 21, shot Perez. He remains at large, along with Giron-Cruz's boyfriend, Billy Wenner-Say, 24. Both are charged with first-degree intentional homicide.
Sumi also ordered Giron-Cruz to spend four years on extended supervision, in the event that she is not deported by federal immigration authorities after her release from prison.
Based on her record in school and in juvenile court, Sumi said, it is readily apparent that Giron-Cruz has "close rehabilitative needs" and that there is a strong need to punish her for her role in the shooting and to consider the public's safety.
Sumi said that despite what Giron-Cruz has maintained, it isn't credible to believe that she did not know there was a gun in the car or what might happen when the group confronted Perez.
Defense lawyer Terry Frederick described Giron-Cruz as a follower who has a low IQ and has in the past been determined to be cognitively disabled.
"Her mother says she has the mind of a little girl and is easily manipulated," Frederick said.
But Assistant District Attorney Corey Stephan said she was long fascinated with gangs and knew exactly what was going on.
"She knew something was going to happen that night and she was a willing participant," he said.
Victor E. Prado-Velasquez, 17, was sentenced in November to two years in prison for his role in the shooting, while Franklin Yanez, 16, received eight years of adult probation and two years in a juvenile correctional facility, both after pleading no contest to felony murder.:Text may be subject to copyright.This blog does not claim copyright to any such text. Copyright remains with the original copyright holder

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