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Gang member headed to prison for 2014 attempted murder in south Sacramento

A 20-year-old man, who authorities say was trying to make a name for himself, has been sentenced to 32 years to life in prison for a 2014 gang-related shooting in south Sacramento.

A jury in August convicted Sam Perez of attempted murder with a gang enhancement. It also found that he committed the crime with premeditation and deliberation, and that he personally discharged a firearm causing great bodily injury. Sacramento Superior Court Judge James McFetridge on Friday sentenced Perez to 32 years to life plus 10 years in prison, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

On Feb. 10, 2014, Perez, his brother and two older Sureños gang members walked to Mack Road and Center Parkway, where they got into an argument with a group of Norteños gang members, authorities said. One of Perez’s fellow gang members threw the first punch. Perez then pulled out a loaded gun and fired at the group six times, hitting the victim in the abdomen.

Perez was the youngest member of his gang, authorities said, and was trying to make a name for himself by shooting the victim.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy