Dangerous Gang Member Could Have Been in Jail: Victims Mounting Under Soft-On-Crime DA’s Policies

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Shocking: Gang Member Accused of Shooting Deputy Could Have Been Behind Bars, Says Opponent

Los Angeles, CA – A gruesome attack on a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy has sparked a firestorm of controversy, with critics pointing the finger at District Attorney George Gascón’s lenient sentencing policies.

Raymundo Duran, 47, a known gang member with an extensive criminal history, allegedly shot Deputy Samuel Aispuro in the back while he was sitting on his motorcycle at a red light on April 22. Aispuro, a seasoned deputy, survived the unprovoked attack thanks to his bulletproof vest.

A History of Violence

Duran’s record is riddled with prior criminal offenses, including two felony assaults committed while serving an 11-year sentence for manslaughter. In 2021, he was arrested after leading authorities on a car and foot chase, during which he struck another vehicle and fled from police.

Calls for Stricter Sentencing

Nathan Hochman, a former federal prosecutor running against Gascón, contends that Duran’s lenient treatment contributed to the shooting. He points to the plea deal that spared Duran a six-year prison term for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon in 2022.

“Had he received the appropriate sentence,” says Hochman, “he would not have been free to harm the deputy.”

Criticism of DA Gascón

Gascón’s progressive criminal justice policies have been under fire for their alleged leniency towards repeat offenders. Jason Lustig, a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles County, states that this approach has left prosecutors demoralized.

“We see the toll it’s taking on our communities,” says Lustig.

Gascón’s Response

Days after the shooting, Gascón condemned the attack and vowed to prosecute Duran to the fullest extent of the law. However, some critics question whether his actions are too little too late.

Duran’s Incarceration

After his arrest in San Diego County, Duran was charged with attempted murder of a peace officer, assault against a peace officer, and possession of a firearm by a felon. He remains in custody, awaiting trial.

Concern for Deputy Aispuro

The focus remains on Deputy Aispuro’s recovery from the heinous attack. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the community are offering their unwavering support to this brave officer as he heals.

Data sourced from: foxnews.com