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Tattoo lands man in jail

By Reuters | May 23, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 16 ]

Tattoo on his chest memorialized the crime scene

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A gang member who was linked to a 2004 murder by an elaborate tattoo on his chest that authorities say memorialized the crime scene, has been sentenced to 65 years to life in prison.

Anthony Garcia, 25, was convicted of murder in April in the January 23, 2004 shooting death of 23-year-old John Juarez outside a liquor store in the Los Angeles suburb of Pico Rivera.

Garcia was first suspected in the killing of Juarez after he was arrested in 2008 for driving on a suspended license and a detective noticed his tattoo, which shows a peanut man being shot by a helicopter outside a store.

Prosecutors say the helicopter represents Garcia, whose gang nickname is "Chopper", and that "peanut" is a derogatory term for a rival gang.

"This is completely one-of-a-kind," Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Brock Lunsford said of the tattoo.

During the sentencing hearing Michelle Sotelo, the mother of the victim's daughter, told Garcia that he should blame only himself.

"You were stupid enough to get the tattoo that convicted you," Sotelo said. "I'm not going to say I forgive you because I don't. It's going to take me a long time to think about forgiving you."

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se maumau se banna,

May 23, 2011 11:15 | 0 replies

yep, a clear proof that you dont have to be wise to be a gangster, yet they claim to be "all dat"! i wish more sa tsotsis could be more like him; complete idiot!!!!!!

May 24, 2011 1:29 | 0 replies

lol just had my great laugh of the day. Thanks Bro u are realy mad iyoh lol u rock

May 23, 2011 3:42 | 0 replies

everything e nale bofelo- as they say, letsogo la molao ke lele telele. u can run but u cant hide

May 23, 2011 3:15 | 0 replies

Tatoo sign of a devil. Idiot why escorting yourself to hell??????????

May 23, 2011 2:15 | 0 replies

And the BEST IDIOT AWARD goes to...Drumrollssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

May 23, 2011 1:33 | 0 replies

Dam he is really an idiot !lol!

May 23, 2011 12:58 | 0 replies

@Shredder
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P.S We live in a country with the highest murder rate in the WORLD.......my comment is more relevant than yours my man.

May 23, 2011 11:52 | 0 replies

@Shredder
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I pay my taxes......which are supposed to go to the community.

Not sure what happened to it after the ANC spent it on their gold plated cutlery.

May 23, 2011 11:51 | 0 replies

@BradaBrada

Who cares.....strange that the police in this country are so incompetent that we have to report on a foreign countries crime successes.
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We need people like you in the country, who can spot where are going wrong as a country so that we can fix it. By the way, what are you doing in your community to make a difference?

May 23, 2011 11:39 | 0 replies

They should start making and giving out annual awards for the dumbest criminals. This guys would scoop it for 2011.

May 23, 2011 11:36 | 0 replies