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, 2 June 2011

Border Brothers gang member will spend the rest of his life in prison

03:04 |

Border Brothers gang member will spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury decided Wednesday that he killed two people in two separate incidents because he believed they were members of a rival gang.
The jury of six men and six women found Ivan Ordaz, 30, guilty of five different felonies charged against him for the Sept. 1, 2007, killings, including first-degree murder, second-degree murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle and being a felon in possession of a gun.
In addition, the jury found Ordaz guilty of two special circumstance crimes, committing multiple murders and killing to promote a gang. As a result, he will be sentenced in August to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
"Maybe this will show other gang members that you can't get away with murder," said Alicia Melero, the mother of Tomas Melero-Smith, 19, one of the victims. "It's a relief that he won't be able to hurt another family like he did ours."
Melero-Smith, a recreation leader with the city of Oakland, was hanging out with friends in the 2100 block of 94th Avenue about 6:30 p.m. when Ordaz drove by with another gang member and saw the group, evidence in the case proved.
Thinking the group belonged to a rival gang, Ordaz jumped out of the car, ran up to the group and shot Melero-Smith, killing him.
The jury found Ordaz guilty of first-degree murder for the Melero-Smith killing, convinced that he thought about and planned the slaying.
However, the jury found that wasn't quite the case in the killing of Allan Mejia, 22, who Ordaz fatally shot just 17 hours before he killed Melero-Smith.
Mejia was killed as he rode in a car that got trapped in a sideshow near the corner of 90th and Bancroft avenues. Other members of the Border Brothers began attacking the car, and Ordaz arrived after the attack began.
As his fellow gang members engaged in the fight, Ordaz ran up and fired shots into the car, believing his fellow gang members were in a fight with rival gang members. Mejia was hit by several bullets and died.
The jury found Ordaz guilty of second-degree murder for that killing.
Oakland police were able to find witnesses to both killings who identified Ordaz as the shooter and after his arrest, Ordaz admitted the killings to police detectives, evidence in the case revealed.
Neither Melero-Smith nor Mejia were gang members.
"Both these victims were innocent," said deputy district attorney John Brouhard. "Their families have waited a long time for justice, and we are happy they got justice today."
Another gang member, Jose Castillon who is charged with murder for driving Ordaz to the scene of the Melero-Smith killing, is scheduled to go to trial before a jury this summer.

You Might Also Like :



Related Posts with Thumbnails