Judge Carter Holly sentenced Francisco Limon, 17, was sentenced to 31 years for voluntary manslaughter and enhancements for gang activity and use of a gun.
Daniel Batchelder, 20, was sentenced by Holly to 15 years in state prison for attempted murder and an enhancement for using a gun.
Holly sentenced the men in accordance with plea agreements they reached with the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.
Cruz-Espino was fatally shot once in the neck while he was stopped his Dodge Neon at a traffic light at the intersection of Tracy Boulevard and Whispering Wind Drive around 2 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2012.
Limon reportedly shot Cruz-Espino from the backseat of Batchelder’s car when he pulled up next to the Neon.
Cruz-Espino was pronounced dead at a regional hospital a short time later.
Batchelder and Limon sat quietly as their sentences were pronounced before more than a dozen of their friends and family. A few members of the Cruz-Espino’s family wre also present.
Holly ordered Batchelder to begin his prison time immediately, while Limon was placed into the custody of the juvenile probation until his 18th birthday.
It’s unknown when that will happen because police have declined to release Limon’s birthday.
In addition to their court fines, $378 each, both defendants were also ordered to pay $11,780.50 in a joint restitution.
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