A California man shot and killed a man and his pregnant girlfriend. Now, he will remain behind bars for decades.
Recently, Monterey County Judge Stephanie Hulsey sentenced Raul Lucas, 21, to 58 years to life in prison for the shooting death of Carlos Lopez, 20, and Selina Godoy, 18. Lucas pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder while personally using a firearm for the benefit of the Sureno criminal street gang.
On Dec.26. 2021, officers in Monterey County, California, to Sussex Way after reports of a double homicide. According to prosecutors, Lucas, a Sureno criminal street gang member with three other gang members, drove to King City from Salinas.
There, the group opened fire on Lopez and Godoy, who was ten weeks pregnant, as they exited their vehicle before fleeing the scene, according to BCN.
Later, investigators found video footage from a King City Street camera that captured the tag number of the getaway car. As a result, authorities were able to issue a search warrant for the address linked to the identity of the car’s registration. During the search, a gun linked to the crime scene, with Lucas’ DNA, was found at the residence, reported King City Rustler.
The motive for the killing remains a mystery for investigators.
While the defendant was being sentenced, Lucas cursed the prosecutors and the judge. Nevertheless, Lucas will still be eligible for youthful offender parole in 25 years since he was below 26 years old when the crime was committed.
Under California law, only the state parole board can determine if the defendant will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
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