Saturday, March 12, 2011

A 34-year-old Hispanic has been found guilty of murdering two people while they sat in a car

Joseph Florez is a long-time Norteño gang member and the highest-ranking gang member in the Tulare County jail system, according to the Tulare County District Attorney's Office. The murders were gang-motivated. On Dec. 17, 2008, Tommy Madrid Jr., 33, and Lisa Bourget, 27, were sitting in her car when Florez and another man drove up and fired at least 16 times with a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun and an assault rifle. A bullet from the rifle went through two walls and a refrigerator before lodging in someone's head; that victim survived after surgery. The second suspect has never been identified. Florez faces life in prison without parole when he is sentenced.

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