3 alleged gang members charged in killing of Marine in South LA

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Three alleged gang members have been charged in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Marine who was on military leave from Camp Pendleton.

Prosecutors announced Oscar Aguilar, aka Chino, and Esau Rios, aka Lil' Chuko, have been charged with one count of murder. Aguilar also faces one count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and dissuading a witness by force or threat.

A third suspect, Ricky Valente, aka Aser, is charged with one count of accessory after the fact, having knowledge of the murder.

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Lance Cpl. Carlos Segovia was shot in the head on Sept. 16 after exchanging words with the defendants, prosecutors alleged. He was declared brain dead on Sept. 20.

Segovia's family said he volunteered for a group that feeds the homeless and was active in helping to rescue animals.

All three suspects will be arraigned on Wednesday. If convicted as charged, Aguilar faces a possible maximum sentence of 167 years to life in state prison, Rios faces 50 years to life and Valente faces seven years in state prison.