Local gang member sentenced 50 years to life

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A gang member who fatally shot a member of his own
gang in broad daylight, because the victim supposedly wasn't following orders
from gang leaders, was sentenced this week to 50 years to life in state prison.

Aron Franklin, 21, was convicted of first-degree murder in the Jan. 3,
2013, killing of 20-year-old Julius Batiste in Lincoln Park.

“It was a coward act,” the victim's mother said in a letter read by
Superior Court Judge Frederic Link.

Link said Franklin killed one of his “homies” for “no reason
whatsoever.”

Deputy District Attorney Paul Reizen said Franklin walked up to the
victim at an apartment complex on 50th Street just before 2:45 p.m. and shot
him four times in the head. Batiste died at the scene.

This week in court, Reizen called the attack “brazen,” in which Franklin
exhibited a “complete disregard for human life.”

Reizen said the shooting was witnessed by six to eight people. Police
identified Franklin as the shooter and he was arrested two days later.

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