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Sacramento-area gang members sentenced for 2016 attempted murder

Three Sacramento-area gang members have been sentenced to prison for the attempted murder of two people in a Lemon Hill apartment parking lot.

A jury in September convicted Ray Ramirez, 29, Joseph Castaneda, 24, and Manuel Labrasca, 19, of two counts of attempted murder and enhancements for causing great bodily injury and participating in a criminal street gang. On Friday, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Russell Hom sentenced Ramirez to 77 years to life in prison. Castaneda was sentenced to 27 years and eight months in prison, and Labrasca to 23 years and 8 months in prison, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Prosecutors said all three are validated Norteño gang members.

On March 17, 2016, the three men were in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the Lemon Hill area, when the victims entered the parking lot in a car. When the passenger got out of the car, he was immediately attacked, the news release said. The driver attempted to intervene and was attacked as well.

Both victims suffered extensive stab wounds but were able to get into the car and drive to a local hospital, the news release said.

Ramirez has a prior strike conviction under California’s “three-strikes” law for robbery and participating in a criminal street gang

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy