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West Sacramento gang member sentenced to 14 years in prison for shooting

West Sacramento resident Stephon Ramirez, 24, was sentenced to 13 years and eight months in state prison Monday for shooting at an occupied vehicle, plus eight additional months for a probation violation.

Ramirez was convicted, along with Jason Lopez, 32, of discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle on March 1 in connection with a May 2016 shooting. Both men had enhancements added to their convictions from their affiliation with the Broderick Boys, a West Sacramento gang, and being prohibited persons possessing a firearm.

A controversial 2011 injunction prohibited the Broderick Boys from publicly gathering in a 3-mile radius that encompasses 80 percent of West Sacramento, and installed a 10 p.m. curfew through 6 a.m. The injunction is set to expire in June.

The American Civil Liberties Union frequently argues against gang injunctions, and did so when the Broderick Boys were first hit with a curfew and meeting restrictions in 2005. At the time, the Broderick Boys boasted an estimated 350 members.

The conviction marked Lopez’s third violent felony after he was previously found guilty of two assault charges. He faces up to life in prison in a May 10 sentencing.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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