District Attorney Dean Flippo announced today that Jorge Sanchez, a 19-year-old resident of Salinas, was convicted by a jury of two counts of premeditated attempted murder, two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and being an active participant in a criminal street gang.
The jury also found true the special allegation that the crimes were committed for the benefit of the Norteno criminal street gang. The jury also found true the special allegation that Sanchez personally discharged a firearm causing great bodily injury to both victims.
On February 15, 2008, Sanchez and another gang member were driving in their car on Williams Road near Alisal High School when Sanchez pointed out two boys, ages 14 and 15, leaving the school whom he believed were Sureno gang members. They then drove into the neighborhood where they expected the boys to walk.