Carlos Gonzalez, a member of the Playboy Surenos 13 street gang, was convicted in July in Criminal Court of second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Miguel Villa.
The shooting occurred around 11:45 p.m. on Aug. 13, 2011, on a restaurant parking lot near Ridgeway and Winchester.
The victim’s brother told jurors that a group of men attacked him and a group of friends, swinging fists, a bat and a pipe before Gonzalez stepped out of a vehicle and began shooting.
Investigators recovered 11 spent shell casings from the scene near the old Hickory Ridge Mall.
According to testimony in the trial, Gonzalez believed the victims were members of a rival gang known as the Pelones, though prosecutors said Villa was not a gang member.
On Monday Judge James Beasley Jr. sentenced Gonzalez to 20 years in prison with no parole for second-degree murder, 20 years in prison for three counts of attempted second-degree murder and 12 years in prison for three counts of employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.
The case was handled by assistant district attorneys Neal Oldham and Jose Leon. University of Memphis Law student Paige Munn, serving an externship with the DA’s office, assisted in the trial.
Oldham is assigned to the DA’s Multi-Agency Gang Prosecution Unit which handles homicide cases and other violent crimes associated with gang activity, specific targeted gang members and special cases assigned by the District Attorney General.
The prosecution teams works daily with the MGU Operations team, using local ordinances and state and federal laws to hold offenders accountable.