Gang member sentenced to 86 years to life in 2010 Christmas Eve shooting
An El Monte man was sentenced Sept. 13 to 86 years to life in state prison for killing a rival gang member on Christmas Eve in 2010, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
In August, a jury found Johnny Mata guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of David De Anda Jr., 31, as well as one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Another man, Jesus Arroyo Lule, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter. He scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 17.
Prosecutors said that in the early hours of Dec. 24, 2010, Lule drove Mata to rival gang territory in Baldwin Park.
Around 12:45 a.m., the two men arrived at a house where De Anda was standing in the driveway with two other people, according to prosecutors. Mata stepped out the car and fired at De Anda, who was struck in the torso, prosecutors said.
In April 2012, Mata attempted to kill another rival gang member, prosecutors said. A separate jury found Mata guilty of that crime in a 2015 trial and he was sentenced to 25 years to life.