Man Sentenced to Life for 2016 Murder of Teen

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Source: District Attorney of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Defendant Israel Gaspar Cruz, 21 years old, will be sentenced to 26 years to life in state prison for the January 25, 2016 murder of Marcos Javier Arce Pena.

Mr. Cruz pled guilty on June 20, 2018 to one count of Penal Code section 187(a); First Degree Murder.  He also admitted that he personally used a deadly weapon, a knife, during the commission of this gang-related crime.

The Santa Maria Police Department did an excellent job investigating this case, seeking justice for the victim and his family.

Mr. Cruz will return to court on September 7, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in Dept. 8 of the Santa Maria Superior Court for sentencing.

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a-1542520365 Jun 21, 2018 08:40 PM
Man Sentenced to Life for 2016 Murder of Teen

Including 'time served' he would be 46 when he gets out IF he serves the whole minimum term (which doesn't usually happen). It seems like a light sentence for a cold blooded murder.

Ducky Jun 21, 2018 03:27 PM
Man Sentenced to Life for 2016 Murder of Teen

I wonder what 26 years to life will translate to IRL. It seems crazy that this guy could (possibly) get out of prison in time to “have a life” after taking someone else’s.

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