Sentencing took place on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018, in Tulare County Superior Court.
27-year-old Frankie Hernandez of Tulare had been found guilty of 2nd degree murder with special allegations of using a gun and committing the murder to benefit a street gang, another four years were tacked on for a separate robbery conviction.
The 30 year old victim known as “Bad boy” was walking along the Santa Fe Trail in Tulare with a friend when he passed a group of Northern gang members.
They asked about the victim’s gang status. The victim, who had dropped out of the gang, tried to conceal his identity and walked on.
The pair were walking down B Street a short time later when Hernandez emerged and asked if the victim was “Bad Boy.”
The victim tried to say that he was not, but Hernandez said: “It is you” and drew a gun, shooting him multiple times in the back.
He was able to tell police before he lost consciousness — that Hernandez shot him — because he’d dropped out of the gang.
Click below to listen to the report by KMJ’s Liz Kern: