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Gang member sentenced for killing woman trying to stop taggers

April 26, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A gang member was sentenced on Wednesday to 50 years to life in prison for murdering a woman who was trying to stop taggers.

In August 2007, 58-year-old Maria Hicks honked her horn and flashed her lights when she spotted a group spraying graffiti on a wall in Pico Rivera.

That's when Angel Rojas, now 21, shot three to five rounds at Hicks. She was struck once in the head and died three days later.

In February, Rojas was convicted of first-degree murder and street terrorism. Three other members of the tagging group were also convicted in the case.

City News Service contributed to this report.