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Sac Gangbanger Convicted of Murder With Special Circumstances

Two co-defendants also convicted of manslaughter

District Attorney Jan Scully announced today that James Riggins was convicted by jury of two counts of first degree murder for the killing of Rigoberto Aguirre and Isidro Cedillo, and the premeditated and deliberated attempted murder of Victor Cedillo.

The jury also found true the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders, the personal and intentional discharge of a firearm, and the allegation that the crimes were committed for the benefit of the Varrio Diamonds Norteno Street Gang.

The jury found the co-defendants, Orlando Camacho and Christopher Hernandez, guilty of two counts of voluntary manslaughter and one count of attempted voluntary manslaughter. They also found that these crimes were committed for the benefit of the Varrio Diamonds Norteno Street Gang.

The victims were shot by Riggins because they had reported previous assaults, including a drive by shooting at their house by members of the Varrio Diamonds. These reports resulted in the conviction of some gang members and an increased number of police contacts with other Varrio Diamond gang members, which led to probation and parole violation arrests. In addition, the victims were living in a neighborhood claimed by the Varrio Diamonds and were identified by that gang as Surenos, a rival gang.

Sentencing is set for October 7, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. in Department 33 in front of the Honorable Judge Lloyd Connelly.

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  1. What can I say? As a mother of the shooter I will say a lot of lives were taken.....I recently read comments on other news papers I must say there was a lot of people talking about a lot of stuff they knew nothing about!!!!! I am sorry to the families for there lose. And I lost too not just my only son but myself as well...I love you still James!!!!!! Miss you more.... Love,moma

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