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Gangmember takes attempted murder deal
November 27, 2012, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Bryan Morales

One of four alleged gangmembers charged in the repeated stabbing of a man in Redwood City will be sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading no contest to attempted murder.

Bryan Alexander Morales, 19, also admitted acting to benefit a street gang and causing great bodily injury in the attack. He will be formally sentenced Jan. 9 but the negotiated deal accepted by Morales calls for a straight 20-year term.

According to prosecutors, Morales along with three teens and a 16-year-old boy stabbed the victim several times in the abdomen at approximately 4:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 2011 on the 800 block of Brewster Avenue. Witnesses reported seeing two males jump out of a gold car, stab the man and flee the area. Police located a car matching the vehicle description at a home in the 2600 block of Marlborough Avenue and ultimately arrested the three teens inside based on their statements.

The victim was hospitalized with critical injuries.

Morales’ case was severed from that of his co-defendants after his defense attorney questioned his competency to stand trial. Both court-appointed doctors who evaluated Morales concluded he was able to aid in his own defense and criminal proceedings were reinstated. However, Morales opted to settle his case rather than head to trial.

Co-defendants Jose Antonio Jiminez-Hernandez, 19, and Jose Luis Segurasuarez, 19, are similarly charged and set for trial Dec. 3. Another co-defendant, Billi Ruben Antonio, 19, pleaded no contest to being an accessory to a felony and participating in a street gang.

He was sentenced to two years with 456 days credit for time served followed by a year of mandatory supervision.

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