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Fresno Bee:

"Saying he wanted to “man up” for a crime he committed four years ago, a Fresno man testified Thursday in graphic detail that he alone stabbed a registered sex offender 58 times and then strangled him inside a detached garage in southwest Fresno.

In 2014, David Barrera and Patricia Ann Perez were found guilty in Fresno Superior Court of first-degree murder in the killing of Lawrence Ballesteros. Because Barrera is a career criminal, he was sentenced to 80 years to life in prison. Perez was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.

During the trial, Perez testified that she had no reason to kill Ballesteros. She said she and the victim were friends and she had offered him a place to live in the detached garage. She also testified she was drunk and passed out in her home when Ballesteros was killed."

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Fresno Bee:

"Sheraea Lanae Gatlin was sentenced to five years’ probation in Fresno Superior Court on Friday for killing her boyfriend, Rodrigo Delgado Bravo, while driving drunk last year. She will move from state prison, where she had spent the last three months being evaluated, to Fresno County Jail, where the first year of her probation will be spent, with possible early release for good behavior. ."

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Fresno Bee:

"Four Fresno gang members will stand trial on felony charges of attempted robbery, street terrorism and discharging a gun with the intent to kill or injure Edison High teacher Steven Guerrero, a judge ruled Wednesday in Fresno County Superior Court.

Judge W. Kent Hamlin made his decision after hearing two days of testimony in the preliminary hearing for defendants Nicholas Cruz Padilla, 18, Jaime Gonzalez, 20, Gilberto Ramos, 19, and Jose Alfredo Zinzun Jr., 19.

If convicted, they face a minimum of 25 years to life in prison."

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Fresno Bee:

"After waiting nearly a year, a Fresno woman finally got to tell the family of a man she killed in a drunken-driving crash that she was sorry.

Sheraea Lanae Gatlin wanted to apologize soon after the Aug. 10, 2015, crash that killed her boyfriend, Rodrigo Delgado, 24, but she was advised by her attorney not to implicate herself.

Because she pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, Superior Court Judge Alvin Harrell III gave Gatlin the go-ahead to read her apology to Delgado’s family and friends who filled the courtroom Thursday. Her words made some of them cry."

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