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Forty-year sentence for house party murder
April 21, 2017, 05:00 AM By Anna Schuessler Daily Journal

Armando Carranza

Abraham Arroyo

A Hayward man convicted of second-degree murder for his involvement in the shooting death of a 21-year-old man at a 2015 house party in Half Moon Bay was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison Thursday, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Though he was not been found to be shooter who killed Felix Garduno-Vega on Aug. 29, 2015, Armando Carranza, 37, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for second-degree murder and 25 years to life in prison for use of a firearm, a crime with which he is associated through a jury finding he was a gangmember at the time of the crime, according to prosecutors.

Carranza was said to have been attending a house party in Half Moon Bay with Abraham Arroyo, 21, when they summoned Garduno-Vega to the front yard. Carranza and Garduno-Vega got into an argument and Arroyo shot him twice with a handgun, according to prosecutors.

Both suspects fled in Carranza’s vehicle, but Carranza turned himself in three days later. Arroyo was arrested on Sept. 8, 2015, and the murder weapon was found in a car he abandoned after a police pursuit, prosecutors said.

The two Sureño gangmembers were found guilty of their murder charges in March. Arroyo, who was found guilty of first-degree murder and remains in custody, faces 63 years to life in prison when he appears in court for sentencing June 8.

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said the girlfriend of the deceased man, who was also the father of her daughter, addressed the court Thursday, speaking about the loss of Garduno-Vega and what it meant for his daughter to never have her father in her life. Carranza apologized to the victim’s family, but denied he knew about the gun that killed Garduno-Vega and said Arroyo was behind the murder, Wagstaffe added.

Carranza’s defense attorney John May said he would be filing an appeal and has plans to include the jury’s finding of Carranza’s gang affiliation as subject of the appeal. State law mandating an enhancement of Carranza’s second-degree murder sentence of 25 years in prison, May said, does not accurately punish Carranza for his involvement in Garduno-Vega’s death.

“My client did not murder the young man,” he said. “It seems counterintuitive that he would get more for something as an enhancement than for something he allegedly did.”

Wagstaffe said he thought the jury’s sentence was excellent, properly punishing the man for what he did.

“Gangs and guns lead to murder, and that’s why California punishes it so heavily,” he said.

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