The Gangs Bureau aggressively investigates and prosecutes Criminal Street Gang members. Criminal Street Gangs are defined by law as ongoing formal or informal associations of persons whose members or associates individually or collectively engage in the commission, attempted commission, facilitation or solicitation of any felony act.
As a rule, Criminal Street Gang members who use or exhibit a deadly weapon in the course of a crime are generally not eligible for diversion or probation. Due to the danger to citizens and neighborhoods posed by these offenders, they are typically sentenced to substantial sentences in the Arizona Department of Corrections.
Gang activity frequently involves a wide range of crimes that affect our community, including; graffiti, burglary, rape, assault and even murder. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office offers a free Gang Violence brochure with information on warning signs of gang activity as well as resources for victims and neighborhoods.
Two Gang Members Convicted in Tempe Nightclub Shooting
A pair of gang members are facing lengthy prison terms following their convictions yesterday on multiple felony counts related to a shooting that occurred outside a Tempe nightclub in March, 2012.
Rodrigo Romero Sentenced to Life Plus 102 Years in Prison for 2006 Drive-by Shooting
Today the Honorable Joseph Kreamer sentenced Rodrigo Romero, Jr. to a prison term of natural life plus 102 years for killing a 19 year-old single mother in a 2006 drive-by shooting. Romero was found guilty of First Degree Murder and multiple related felonies earlier this year.
Joseph Sandoval Sentenced to 87 Years for Attempted Murder and Assault of Police Officers
Joseph J. Sandoval will spend the rest of his life in prison for engaging in a lengthy gun battle with police in a Phoenix trailer park in 2011.