A woman who recently won a $4.9 million settlement for the police killing of her 16-year-old son has been arrested on suspicion of using some of the money to buy guns for her younger son and his fellow gang members
FRESNO (CBSLA/AP) — A woman who recently won a $4.9 million settlement for the police killing of her 16-year-old son has been arrested on suspicion of using some of the money to buy guns for her younger son and his fellow gang members, authorities announced Friday.
Christina Lopez, 42, of Madera was among 14 people charged in a takedown of a Fresno-area gang allegedly involved in the shooting death of a man in July, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said. The arrests included teenagers as young as 13 and 14 years old.
Investigators determined a 47-year-old murder convict serving a life sentence at Salinas Valley State Prison ordered the hit on behalf of the gang, Mims said. The suspected gunman was arrested Thursday following a standoff with a sheriff’s SWAT team.
Investigators also discovered that Lopez purchased guns for her 14-year-old son, who then shared or sold the weapons to other members of the gang, District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp said.
She faces 22 felony counts of conspiracy to provide firearms to a minor for the benefit of a street gang, child endangerment and conspiracy to provide a firearm to a gang member.
In April, Lopez and her husband won a $4.9 million settlement for the 2017 fatal shooting of her son Isiah Murrietta-Golding by a Fresno police sergeant. The teen, who along with his older brother Israel was wanted for questioning in a homicide, was running away from the sergeant when he was shot in the back of the head. He was not armed at the time.
Israel later plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was convicted as a juvenile, according to Michael Haddad, who filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Lopez’s family.