Gang members sentenced to death in Halloween murdersJanuary 21, 1997
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LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Three gang members got the death penalty Tuesday for killing three teen-agers who were ambushed while trick-or-treating in Pasadena on Halloween night in 1993.
Lorenzo Newborn, 25, Karl Holmes, 20, and Herbert McClain, 26, were found guilty in December 1995 of murdering the 13- and 14-year-old boys. A jury recommended the death penalty on October 31, 1996.
The gang members had been seeking to avenge the shooting of a fellow gang member earlier that day, and mistook the victims for members of a rival gang.
The Los Angeles County Superior Court judge passed up the option to sentence the three to life in prison without the possibility of parole. But he did sentence them to life in prison on attempted murder counts involving five boys who survived the attack. The case now is automatically appealed, like all death penalty cases in California.
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