Gang Member Sentenced for Role in 2014 Drive-By Shooting

PALMDALE, Calif. -- A 23-year-old gang member will spend over 101 years behind bars in state prison for a car-to-car shooting that left a teen paralyzed.

Jaime Alberto Espinoza was sentenced Monday after a jury found him guilty last September of five counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of shooting at a vehicle.

His co-defendant, Fernando Albarran, was already sentenced last year to 17 years in state prison after pleading no contest to attempted murder.

Police and prosecutors say the pair, who are both from Palmdale, were in a vehicle that pulled up alongside a car near 17th Street East and Avenue R just after noon on Dec. 19, 2014.

One shot was fired, and a girl sitting in the front passenger seat was struck in the head and rushed to a hospital in critical condition.

Albarran and Espinoza were arrested several hours later.

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