SAN FERNANDO (CNS) – Two men pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the November 2014 shooting death of a U.S. Army veteran in Sylmar.
Jerry Raymond Carmona, 28, also admitted gang and gun allegations and is facing 25 years in state prison, according to Greg Risling of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Vincent Anthony Estrada, 20, additionally admitted a gang allegation and is facing 18 years in prison, according to Risling.
The two were prosecuted for the Nov. 9, 2014, shooting death of former soldier Francisco Garcia, 21, who was shot while with a group of people near Sylmar High School.
Garcia’s shooting had “nothing to do with his military service,” Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon said shortly after the crime.
“There was a long-simmering dispute between rival tagger groups or within the same group,” Vernon said.
Carmona and Estrada are due back in a San Fernando courtroom for sentencing on May 13.