Street Gang Member Sentenced to Over 30 Years in Prison

July 26, 2021

 by Elizabeth Weiler

A federal judge sentenced a member of San Fernando Valley-based Vineland Boys street gang to over 30 years in prison on Thursday, July 22.

Jesus Gonzalez Jr., 28, of Sun Valley, pleaded guilty on January 22 to five felonies:

  • Conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act
  • Two counts of violent crime in aid of racketeering
  • Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances
  • Discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence

According to court documents, Gonzales conspired with Vineland Boys associates in acts of racketeering by attempted murder and drug trafficking. Gonzalez admitted involvement in multiple gang-related shootings, including a December 2015 shootout in South Los Angeles with rival gang members.

In April 2016, Gonzalez shot and severely wounded one victim and injured others in a drive-by shooting outside a party in Sun Valley. He believed the victim had insulted the Vineland Boys.

Also in April 2016, Gonzalez stalked and shot a rival gang member on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood, firing several shots at close range at the victim. The victim survived the shooting.

In May 2016, Gonzalez and other Vineland Boys members drove next to a vehicle in North Hollywood. Gonzalez confronted and shot the other vehicle’s passengers because he believed they were rival gang members.

A federal grand jury indicted 31 Vineland Boys members and associates in January 2019. Prosecutors secured 17 convictions and multiple prison sentences exceeding 10 years.

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