13-year-old Sentenced to Life in Prison

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Updated: 12/02/2011 6:51 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Jose Cruz has been sentenced to life in prison in the death of Steven Gale.

13-year-old Cruz pleaded guilty to second degree murder back in September. 

Prosecutors say Cruz and three other people-- Jacob Sanchez, Luis Sanchez and Aurora Rodriguez-Perez-- were attempting to rob a woman on California Avenue on May 8 when Jacob Sanchez opened fire, killing her companion, Steven Gale, 27. In the course of the shooting, Cruz was shot in the hand and went to the hospital for treatment, where police were notified and an investigation led to the arrests of all four defendants on first degree murder charges.

Cruz must serve 16 years before he can apply for parole.

He is the youngest murder defendant in Washoe County history.
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rachelr - 12/8/2011 4:01 PM
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First of all, whoever thinks that prison is wonderful and that it's a cush life, you are ignorant to prison life and have no inkling of how the NVDOC operates. Secondly, the person who made the decision to shoot their gun belongs in prison for life, the rest should be tried as accessories. Public Defenders are notorious for dump trucking cases since they can't handle their work loads. For idiot davruc, you are so stupid, my family never crossed any borders and at one time owned a huge portion of CA, which became part of the U.S. and we do have every right to be here, at least in a great deal of the Southwestern U.S. considering it WAS Mexico for a good long time before the white immigrants came and took my families land so research your history you jerk, I have documentation from the state of CA to back me up, you just have your racist opinion.

mattbestie - 12/7/2011 8:30 AM
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shut up

crislyte - 12/6/2011 3:01 PM
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this crazy 13 year old tried as adult i never understand it not responsible enough to drive or vote but think he really understands the consequences of his action why are we charging children as adults when the are not ADULTS we should be trying to get these kids some couceling instead of sending them to prison where they are going to come out worse than when they went in

davruc - 12/5/2011 6:20 AM
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Crimes such as these would NOT happen if we enforced tougher immigration laws! I feel badly for the poor family of the victim but...We let them into our country and they have the attitude that this is THEIR place!

maddyo says so - 12/3/2011 9:54 AM
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Another one bites the dust at least for the next 16 celebratory years in the joint with his man friends and fellow gang bangers who will be banging this fresh meat in time. Ha, this good for nothing dirt bags deserve to rot in the hole while the rest of the friends and family of the victims have to suffer with this lost of life. I feel no, none, zip for the 13 year old punk and his family. They did a poor job raising this piece of trash.

Beehaven - 12/2/2011 5:50 PM
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It might do some good if our current prison system required the inmates to work 10 -12 hours each day, seven days per week. Our prisons provide a roof over head, 3 meals each day, no obligations or responsibilities, so life is pretty good for the inmates. This kid will grow to love our current prison system as much as the current inmate population. There is no reason for anyone to want to leave.

Scroller - 12/2/2011 4:20 PM
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He will be right at home with the gangs in prison, no shortage of gangs in there.

scott1970 - 12/2/2011 4:10 PM
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i think its a goodm what about the woman family they will not see her ever again the boys family will see him talk and write to him. so only preson i feel sorry for is the woman family

aidansmom710 - 12/2/2011 3:25 PM
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I am going to have to agree with Cindy Marie, not sure this is the way to go with such a young kid, but it's a harsh lesson for both he and his family that could've been avoided had he had a better conscience. Too bad, I feel sorry for the victim's family as well, how sad to know such youngsters were involved with the death of someone they loved so much, makes me afraid of who my children will become friends with, I will have to watch them very closely.

2kmunpo - 12/2/2011 3:23 PM
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It doesn't matter if he pulled the trigger or not. He was there, and didn't try to stop what happened. And lets be honest, "Life in Prison" doesn't mean even close to what it use to. He will serve is 16+ years, and be paroled soon after. Your heart should be breaking for the man who lost his life, and his family. Hopefully this kid can turn himself around with the help of prison.
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