SALINAS (BCN) — A judge has sentenced Gabriel Otero to 35 years in prison, following his recent conviction in Monterey County Superior Court.

Otero was arrested and convicted of a Nov. 24, 2018, armed robbery for the benefit of the Norteño criminal street gang, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the office Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine M. Pacioni.

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Gabriel Otero (Monterey County District Attorney’s Office)

Judge Rafael Vazquez sentenced Otero to 35 years because of Otero’s prior strike conviction.

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Otero admitted a portion of the proceeds of the robbery was for the Norteño gang in the form of a tax, and his conviction is considered a strike under California Three Strikes Laws.


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