MS-13 gang member convicted of rape and deadly shooting of a 13-year-old girl sentenced to life imprisonment
- Jorge Palacios, 41, was convicted on Friday by a judge in Los Angeles County
- He will serve life in prison without conditional release at a state institution in California
- In March, Palacios was convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping
- Jacqueline Piazza, 13, was found dead in LA & Elysian Park on June 28, 2001
- Authorities say she was raped and then shot twice in the head
- Three other alleged MS-13 gang members are waiting for a lawsuit in the case
An MS-13 gang member was sentenced by a California judge to life in a state prison without the possibility of rape for rape and subsequent fatal shooting of a 13-year-old Whittier girl in 2001.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler gave the sentence for Jorge Palacios, 41, on Friday.
Fidler denied Palacios & # 39; request for a new trial.
In March, Palacios was convicted of first-degree murder and one count of kidnapping to commit another crime.
The jury also found true special circumstance allegations that the murder took place in rape, immoral acts on a child and kidnapping.
On June 28, 2001, the naked body of Jacqueline Piazza was found in Elysian Park (see above), not far from the Dodger Stadium in downtown Los Angeles
On June 28, 2001, the naked body of Jacqueline Piazza was found in Elysian Park, not far from the Dodger Stadium in downtown Los Angeles.
Piazza was also found with two gunshot wounds in the head.
During the trial, public prosecutors said the suspects kidnapped the victim the night before she was found and brought them to a remote area of the park, where they were sexually assaulted and killed.
Her murder remained unsolved for nearly ten years until the authorities discovered new information that led to four alleged members of MS-13.
In addition to Palacios, authorities have also arrested Rogelio Contreras, 41; Melvin Sandoval, 40; and Santos Grimaldi, 36.
The other three are in court on August 23 for a pretrial conference in their case.
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