Friday, 11 July 2014 08:28

Gang Member Convicted in 2011 Shooting Death

Multi-Agency Gang Unit Multi-Agency Gang Unit SCDAG
MEMPHIS – July 10, 2014 - A member of a street gang was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder and 10 other felonies stemming from a 2011 shooting with multiple potential victims, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Amy Weirich said Thursday.
Carlos Gonzalez, 25, of Bartlett and a member of the Playboy Surenos 13 gang, was convicted of killing 17-year-old Miguel Villa during a late-night altercation around 11:45 p.m. on Aug. 13, 2011, on a restaurant parking lot near Ridgeway and Winchester.
The victim’s brother testified that a group of men attacked them and their friends with their fists, a baseball bat and a pipe before Gonzalez opened fire, striking Villa and causing the crowd to scatter.
Investigators said they recovered 11 shell casings from the scene near the old Hickory Ridge Mall. According to testimony, Gonzalez believed the victims were members of a rival gang known as Pelones, though prosecutors said Villa was not a member.
A Criminal Court jury convicted Gonzalez of second-degree murder as charged, three counts of attempted second-degree murder, one count of reckless endangerment, three counts of aggravated assault, one count of assault and three counts of employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.
Some of the counts will merge since they involve the same victims, including the attempt murders and aggravated assaults, and the reckless endangerment and assault.
Gonzalez will be sentenced on Aug. 8 by Judge James Beasley, Jr.
The case was handled by assistant district attorneys Neal Oldham and Jose Leon. Law student Paige Munn, serving an externship with the DA’s office, assisted in the trial.
Gonzalez faces up to 25 years with no parole for the murder.
Oldham, assigned to the D.A.'s Multi-Agency Gang Prosecution Unit, said he will ask for maximum sentences for Gonzalez because of the numerous victims involved.
The firearms offenses carry mandatory sentences of six years with no parole and must be served consecutive to sentences for the other convictions.