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Gang Member Sentenced to 142 Years in Prison for Death of Sixteen-Year-Old Girl

On Monday, thirty-one-year-old (31) Quadir Al-Amin was sentenced to 142 years in prison for killing sixteen-year-old (16) Melissa Vigil.  On October 7, 2008, Mr. Al-Amin was standing on the corner of 19th Avenue and Southern with fellow gang members when a vehicle in which Ms. Vigil was a passenger drove past the gang members and slowed down.  The driver of the vehicle then began backing up because he had missed his turn.  Mr. Al-Almin and his fellow gang members assumed the passengers in the vehicle were rival gang members preparing for a drive-by-shooting, and began firing at the vehicle killing Ms. Vigil.  Police found the rifle used to kill Ms. Vigil in Mr. Al-Almin’s home a few days after the shooting.  In April, Mr. Al-Amin was convicted of second-degree murder, gang-related charges and aggravated assault.

According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-2321, “A person commits participating in a criminal street gang by any of the following: (1) Intentionally organizing, managing, directing, supervising or financing a criminal street gang with the intent to promote or further the criminal objectives of the criminal street gang . . . .” Under Arizona law, participating in a street gang is a Class 2 Felony. Further, a person involved in a gang-related crime that results in a felony conviction will not be eligible for a reduced sentence.

According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1104, “A person commits second-degree murder if without premeditation: (1) The person intentionally causes the death of another person . . . .”  Under Arizona law, second-degree murder is a Class 1 Felony that requires a mandatory prison sentence of ten (10) to twenty-two (22) years in prison.

According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1204, “A person commits aggravated assault if the person commits assault . . .  under any of the following circumstances . . . (2) If the person uses a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument . . . .” Under Arizona law, aggravated assault is a Class 3 Felony. However, if the victim of the assault is under the age of fifteen (15), the assault will be considered a Class 2 Felony.  In Arizona, aggravated assault will likely result in five (5)  to fifteen (15) years in prison for the first conviction, ten (10) to twenty (20) years in prison for the second conviction, and fifteen (15) to twenty-five (25) years in prison for the third conviction.

If you are facing gang-related felony charges, contact the Arizona lawyers at the Law Firm Oracle Law Group