Reformed Gang Members Sent to Jail

Reformed Gang Members Sent to Jail

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Mario and Joseph Vigil have done a lot to change their lives over the past 12 years.

They've transformed themselves from gang members to family men. Joseph owns a business. Mario's bosses say he's a trustworthy, dependable worker.

But those reforms won't prevent the two men from paying for past crimes.

Yesterday a judge sentenced the 29-year-old Joseph Vigil to two years in jail and probation for his role in the 1995 shooting death of Oscar Herrera. His uncle Mario, 30, will spend a year in jail and serve probation for the crime.

Police say Herrera died two weeks after a gang shooting that wounded Mario Vigil in the neck.

The case was only recently solved, after police reopened the file because a third family member was trying to negotiate a shorter prison sentence.

Both men pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree felony manslaughter. Joseph Vigil also pleaded guilty to burglary.

Mario Vigil originally confessed to the crime after being arrested in 1995 but for an unknown reason was never prosecuted.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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