Two Sentenced in Gang Fight That Killed Bystander

Two Sentenced in Gang Fight That Killed Bystander

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Two more participants in the gang fight that resulted in the death of a 12-year-old bystander have been sentenced to prison.

Shallen Lestrick, 23, and Steven Ferguson, 22, will join Christopher Jason Lucero at the Utah State Prison for their parts in the June 22 battle.

The victim, Jesse Martinez, was shot through the head as he sat with his mother at Monroe Park.

Martinez was attending a church function almost two blocks away when he was killed by a single errant rifle shot from the gang fight.

Police said Lucero, 23, standing with Lestrick and Ferguson in the middle of 29th Street, opened fire on Wilver "Wesso" Gonzalez, 21, and Gonzalez fired back with a rifle.

A federal fugitive warrant charging Gonzalez with murder was issued late last year. Police believe he fled to his native Guatemala, possibly the day after the shooting.

Lucero, Lestrick and Ferguson were not charged directly with the death, although it is an element in the charges against them.

Lestrick and Ferguson pleaded guilty to third-degree felony riot Wednesday before 2nd District Judge W. Brent West. They also asked to be sentenced immediately, since they have been held at the prison for parole violation.

West sentenced them to up to five years in prison, to run consecutive to the terms they are serving on their prior offenses.

On Jan. 29, West sentenced Lucero to concurrent prison terms of one to 15 years and up to five years for attempted aggravated assault and riot.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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