Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bartlett Man Sentenced 52 Years In Prison For Murder, Attempted Murders

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Carlos Gonzalez
  • Carlos Gonzalez

A 25-year-old Bartlett man has been sentenced to 52 years in prison for a 2011 shooting in southeast Memphis that left a teenager dead.

Carlos Gonzalez, a member of Playboy Sureños 13, a predominantly Hispanic street gang, was convicted in July in Criminal Court of second-degree murder for fatally shooting 17-year-old Miguel Villa, according to the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office.

The shooting took place in the parking lot of San Francisco's Bar and Grill near Ridgeway and Winchester around 11:45 p.m. on August 13th, 2011. Villa’s brother informed jurors that a group of men attacked him and several friends with a bat and a pipe. Gonzalez subsequently stepped out of a vehicle and began shooting, striking Villa. After hearing the shots, Villa's peers frantically ran for their lives.

Eleven spent shell casings were recovered from the scene by investigators.

Gonzalez presumed the victims were members of a rival gang known as the Pelones, according to a testimony in the trial. Prosecutors, however, said Villa was not a gang member.

Earlier this week, Gonzalez was sentenced to 20 years in prison with no parole for second-degree murder, 20 years in prison for three counts of attempted second-degree murder, and 12 years in prison for three counts of employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.

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