Lompoc Man Charged with Murder of 15-Year-Old

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Source: Santa Barbara County District Attorney

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced [Friday] that a felony complaint has been filed against Raymond Ramon Vega, 25, of Lompoc, California. Mr. Vega is charged with murder in violation of Penal Code section 187 and two counts of attempted murder in violation of Penal Code sections 664/187 in connection with the October 12, 2019, shooting that resulted in the death of Erik Vargas, 15, of Lompoc, and injuries to two other individuals. In addition, it is alleged that the murder was committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a criminal street gang in violation of Penal Code section 186.22(b)(1), and also that a principal in the offense discharged a firearm resulting in great bodily injury and death in violation of Penal Code section 12022.53 (d)/(e).

Mr. Vega appeared in the Lompoc Superior Court this afternoon, where his arraignment was continued until November 1, 2019, by Judge Montes De Oca. Bail was set at $2,000,000.00.

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a-1574267808 Oct 20, 2019 04:41 PM
Lompoc Man Charged with Murder of 15-Year-Old

So, how long before Mr. Vega is released back onto the street, now with enhanced street cred. 5 years??? We may again be reading about his exploits... Murder conviction should always be subject to the death penalty.

Luvaduck Oct 20, 2019 08:19 PM
Lompoc Man Charged with Murder of 15-Year-Old

I'm torn: How about the number of innocent people killed by paroled felons? Is it better to lose a number of those than one innocent convicted person? That's sort of pragmaticism vs. ethics. . .

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