Orange County District Attorney Press Release
For Immediate Release: October 10, 2014
SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to 80 years to life in state prison for the shooting-murder of a victim in a Santa Ana bakery while the victim was preparing a cup of coffee. Israel Pena Lopez, 38, Santa Ana, was found guilty by a jury Sept. 17, 2014, of one felony count of murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, and a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death. Lopez also pleaded guilty today in an unrelated case to one felony count each of shooting at an occupied vehicle with a sentencing enhancement for committing the crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang. He was sentenced 15 years in state prison to be served concurrent to the 80 years to life in state prison sentence.
Co-defendant Frankie Esteban Giraldo, 32, Santa Ana, was charged with murder but was found not guilty in this case. Continue reading