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On Wednesday March 5, 29-year-old Jose Angel Perez Jr. was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the death of 20-year-old Nath Ouch, who was eight months pregnant at the time she was gunned down in southeast Fresno in February of 2006.  According to the Los Angeles Times, Ouch’s husband was so despondent over his wife’s death he took his own life a short time later.

Ouch was struck by a bullet in the early morning hours as Perez and another gang member opened fire at an apartment complex where rival gang members lived.  Perez fled to Mexico after the shooting, and was not tracked down for some five years before being located and arrested by the FBI.  Sokmorn Chea is the other gang member who was allegedly involved in the fatal shooting; he is serving life without parole following his 2007 conviction.

Prior to sentencing, Perez spoke to Ouch’s family, apologizing for his actions and saying “I’m here as a man today to accept responsibility for my actions.”

On Friday, August 16 a birthday party was being held at an East Oakland home for an individual who was not named in news reports at  Late that evening, two people lost their lives and another was injured after shots rang out just after 11 p.m.  Police said that two men were killed, and one man wounded in the shooting.

The names of the deceased have not been released, although news reports did say that one of the men was an Oakland resident who was 38 years old.  The man who was injured was said to be in critical condition, and is 52 years old.  Another man suffering gunshot wounds showed up at an area hospital later, although authorities did not know whether he sustained the gunshot wounds at the party.  Considering two men died and one was hospitalized with injuries, the responsible party or parties may be facing multiple criminal charges when apprehended.  Firearms charges are also a possibility.

According to police, about a dozen individuals were outside the home where the party was being held when others showed up, and gunfire erupted just moments later.  The unidentified victim died at the scene; the 38-year-old male victim succumbed to his injuries at an area hospital early the next morning.

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez charged with murder in the first degree in the case of Odin Lloyd’s death. Hernandez’s pleaded not guilty to six charges he’s facing, which include the charge of murder; one count of carrying a firearm without a license; two counts of possession of a large capacity firearm; and two counts of possession of a firearm without a valid ID card.

Aaron Hernandez was denied bail on Thursday before the Superior Court Judge Renee Dupuis in Fall River, ordering Hernandez back to jail. Aaron Hernandez’s defense team, who is led by James Sultan, argued that his client should have been allowed on bail. There are only a few factors that come into play when considering denying bail, there must be substantial grounds for believing that the defendant would abscond, poses a risk to society or to a specific person and/or  interfere with witnesses.

In Aaron Hernandez’s case it is completely fair to say that he is not getting treated fairly by the judicial system. Let me explain, one of the key reasons as to why bail is denied must be that the defendant is a flight risk, meaning that Aaron Hernandez might leave the county, which I may add even if he wanted to flee he couldn’t due to his celebrity status. Another factor comes into play when bail is denied, the judge must feel that the defendant poses a threat to society or to any persons related to the case. In Aaron’s case the evidence brought against him are circumstantial. Hernandez’s lawyer argued that the prosecution had not given evidence that shows who actually shot Lloyd and that there was no eyewitness testimony.  The fact that he has no criminal record and he wouldn’t be a flight risk he should have been released on bail.

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