Gang member sentenced to life for murder

Steven Hernandez is sentenced to life without parole for killing an 18-year-old on the Tule River Reservation

PORTERVILLE – The Tulare County District Attorney’s office took a gang member off the street after a Tulare County judge sentenced Steven Hernandez to life without the possibility of parole.

Steven Hernandez
25 years old

According to the DA’s office, Hernandez, 25, pleaded to all charges filed against him: first-degree murder with the special circumstances that crime was committed for the benefit of a gang, and that the murder was of a witness to an unrelated crime.

On June 16, 2014, Hernandez shot and killed Matthew Eredia, 18, on the Tule River Reservation because he believed Matthew had witnessed a crime that had occurred in 2013. Following the murder Hernandez fled to Mexico, but was returned to the United States and arrested at the border by law enforcement for prosecution in July of 2015.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy District Attorney Stacy Plantier and was investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

Start typing and press Enter to search