Gang member gets life for death

On Dec. 7, 2012, Tony See, 17 of Farmersville, was sentenced to Life without the Possibility of Parole plus additional and consecutive 525 years to life by the Honorable Judge Valeriano Saucedo.

On Aug. 23, 2012, a Tulare County jury reached a guilty verdict in the case against See.  The defendant was convicted of one count of first degree murder with special circumstances of actively participating in a criminal street gang and gun enhancements.  The defendant was also convicted of 5 counts of attempted murder with gang and gun enhancements.

On June 8, 2011, at 2:30 am the victims were sitting in a parking lot at an apartment complex at the corner of Houston Avenue and Northeast 4th Street in the City of Visalia.  The victims were drinking and conversing with each other. Some of the individuals in the group associated with the local Northern gang.

The defendant, who was a member of a rival gang called the Oriental Troop, approached the group with a loaded shotgun and hid behind a car.  The defendant then fired 5 rounds into the group.

Oscar Arzate, 19, was shot in the head and died as a result of his wounds.  Two other victims were injured but survived.

The defendant then fled the scene and hid the shotgun.

Visalia Police officers ultimately located both the defendant and the shotgun.  The defendant was identified by witnesses as the shooter.

The case was investigated by Daniel Ford of the Visalia Police Department.

Follow up investigation was done by Eric Velasquez of the Tulare County District Attorney’s Investigations Bureau.  The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Rick Tripp of the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office.

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