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Gang member sentencing delayed again

February 18, 2011

The sentencing for a 36-year-old gang member convicted of killing a 16-year-old Burbank boy and trying to kill his four friends 20 years ago was postponed Thursday.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Bob Bowers rescheduled Rodolfo Gallegos’ sentencing to April 14.

He faces multiple life sentences for the first-degree murder of Burbank resident Kenneth Caldera Jr. and attempting to shoot his friends as they were packed into a car on Roscoe Boulevard in Van Nuys, officials said.

Kenneth and four friends were in a vehicle idling on Roscoe Boulevard in Van Nuys on Aug. 24, 1991, when a large vehicle pulled up next to them.

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Witnesses testified that Gallegos was holding a gun outside the driver's-side window and fired numerous rounds at the group’s car.

Gallegos was 16 when the shooting occurred in a neighborhood that was the territory of Gallegos' street gang, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Gallegos fled to Mexico after the shooting and got a job as an English teacher at the University of Guanajuato, Celaya, according to the district attorney's office.

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