April 16, 2024
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A person described by prosecutors because the chief of one of many “greatest felony avenue gangs in San Diego” was sentenced Wednesday to life in jail with out the potential of parole for ordering the execution slaying of a person discovered useless in a Fox Canyon drainage ditch.

Jesus Faraj, 45, was already in jail when he ordered the February 2019 slaying of 32-year-old Jimmy Khieu, who was shot within the head by one in every of Faraj’s co-defendants, in accordance with the San Diego County District Lawyer’s Workplace.

Faraj was convicted by a San Diego jury in August, whereas three co- defendants — together with the person who shot Khieu — pleaded responsible to serving to observe and kill the sufferer and had been sentenced to jail phrases starting from 12 to 29 years.

Faraj’s life with out parole time period contains an extra 60-year sentence to be served consecutively.

Whereas prosecutors haven’t disclosed the motive for Khieu’s slaying, they mentioned Faraj was serving a virtually 20-year sentence on different fees when he ordered the killing.

He additionally orchestrated a bunch of different crimes whereas incarcerated, together with assaults, kidnappings and distribution of medicine and firearms, in accordance with the D.A.’s Workplace, which described Faraj as “feared by many” and having at his disposal “loyal gang members able to do his bidding on the streets.”

San Diego County District Lawyer Summer time Stephan described Faraj in an announcement as “a ruthless felony who casually ordered a homicide from his jail cell. This case demonstrates that gang violence has a protracted and much attain of destruction leaving wounds in our group that final a lifetime.”

–Metropolis Information Service