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Woman draws 151-years-to-life sentence for gang-related crimes

A woman accused of planning a series of carjackings and robberies for the benefit of a criminal street gang has been sentenced to 151 years and four months to life in prison.

A Sacramento County jury in March convicted Jasmine Maria Velasquez, 20, of four counts of armed carjacking, seven counts of armed robbery and illegal possession of a firearm. The jury also found that all of the crimes were carried out in association with and for the benefit of the Sureño street gang, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Velasquez was sentenced Friday along with colleague Jose Maria Perez, 21.

The same jury convicted Perez of being armed with a firearm during a robbery in association with the Sureño street gang.

Between April 16 and Mary 22, 2013, Velasquez planned, organized and participated in a series of carjackings and robberies. Most of the proceeds of these crimes were funneled to a member of the Sureño criminal street gang, who was serving a prison sentence at Folsom State Prison, authorities said. Perez personally committed one of the robberies organized and planned by Velasquez, according to prosecutors.

Velasquez had a prior robbery conviction from 2012, and authorities said both defendants were on some form of felony parole or supervision when the crimes in the current case were committed.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.