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Hayward man gets 40 years to life for fellow gangster’s murder

REDWOOD CITY — A 37-year-old Hayward man has been sentenced to 40 years to life in state prison for his involvement in a gangland murder two years ago, according to prosecutors.
Armando Carranza and his co-defendant, Abraham Ramirez-Arroyo, went to a house party in Half Moon Bay on Aug. 29, 2015, and summoned the victim, 21-year-old Felix Garduno-Vega, to the front yard. Prosecutors said the three Sureno gang members then got into an argument that ended when Ramirez-Arroyo shot Garduno-Vega to death with a handgun.
Carranza turned himself in on Sept. 1, 2015, and Ramirez-Arroyo, 21, of Redwood City, was arrested seven days later in Visalia following a police pursuit. The murder weapon was found in his car.
Earlier this year, separate San Mateo County juries convicted Carranza of second-degree murder and Ramirez-Arroyo of first-degree murder.
The lengthy sentence handed down Wednesday to Carranza by Judge Mark Forcum reflected firearm and gang enhancements, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Ramirez-Arroyo, who is set to be sentenced June 8, faces a maximum of 63 years to life behind bars.
“Hopefully, the message is gangs and guns do not mix,” Wagstaffe said. “If you kill someone with a gun, you’ll be looking at spending all, if not most of your life in prison.”
At Carranza’s sentencing, Garduno-Vega’s girlfriend spoke about the impact of his death on their young daughter, Wagstaffe said.
Carranza, for his part, apologized to the victim’s family, but he claimed he did not know Ramirez-Arroyo was armed with a handgun and laid the blame on him, said Wagstaffe.
In addition to serving 40 years in state prison, Carranza must pay $5,000 to the state restitution fund for victims of crime, Wagstaffe said.

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