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Alleged Gang Member Sentenced ... How is Novato Doing vs. Gangs?

Armando Gil, a suspect in the Hamilton Marketplace shooting from January 2011, was sentenced Friday on unrelated charges.

The sentencing of a suspected gang member Friday prompts a couple of questions to Novato residents: Is the town's gang problem bigger or smaller than other surrounding cities? How worried are you about gang violence? Has law enforcement made significant progress and successfully sent the message to gangs that Novato about its zero-tolerance stance?

The gang member sentencing Friday had little to do with gang violence, but it did put a man behind bars who was key suspect Novato shooting last year. , 27, a suspect in a pending attempted murder trial, was sentenced on an unrelated counts of having sex with a minor and making criminal threats, according to a story in the .

More than 18 months after two men were shot outside the , alleged gang member Gil still awaits his trial on attempted murder. and survived in the Jan. 3, 2011, incident, believed to be gang-related, and Gil was in Rohnert Park.

Gil was found to have seven previous counts against him. Friday he was sentenced to three years and eight months in jail for having sex with a 15-year-old Novato girl and threatening the mother of his child, the Marin IJ reported.

A 22-year-old Novato woman and 17-year-old boy were arrested in connection with the Hamilton shooting. , was detained about 40 minutes after the shooting at her home in the San Marin area.  May 26 in downtown San Rafael. Like Gil, both face attempted murder charges.

According to police reports, suspects fled the Safeway parking lot in Hamilton, where the two men were shot as they sat in a white Toyota Corolla. They were identified as a 23-year-old San Jose resident and a 27-year-old San Rafael resident.

Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr May 20, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Renee, thank you. Now please get all of your friends to read Novato Patch and contribute.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr May 20, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I have been censored for telling the truth. I am re-submitting my response to this in a politically correct manner. The city council does have control over who moves to Novato. When Bay Vista/Hamilton low income housing could not be filled from Marin, the council advertised to and accepted tenants from the East Bay, according to then Mayor MacLeamy's public statement.
Roberta May 22, 2012 at 05:21 AM
"Mr. Grimes" I am surprised you think The Novato CIty Council is doing a good job. What specifically are they doing that you like? The $50,000 new signage for downtown that a talented student at Novato High could have done for free? Yes, there will be candidates running against them in the next election as the current council has not met a developer they didn't like.
caresformarin May 22, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I posted on this before. Im an ex gang member. Joined at 12 & actively banged till 32. Served almost 13 1/2 yrs from youth authority to county to prison. Landed in Pelican Bay SHU for my last 3yrs. I been home for 10yrs, no violations, got a job, got married, we have 3 kids & im a Christian who on my own goes around to bus stops, malls & church events trying to change the hearts & minds of kids to not follow the in crowd & dare to accept something more meaningfull & fullfilling, our Lord Jesus Christ. Illegal or not, black, white, asian ect..Crime is a problem. Passing laws for more time wont stop the problem. They only come out more educated & determined to do more crime. The problem is the heart of man. Aimless,mislead,lack of selfesteem, no goals in life ect..kids just follow trends & those trends come from the media,music video & even family members who are lost themselves. Want kids & young adults to turn from crime & gangs, then give them something to turn too & send someone with a defferent msg who comes from where they come from & looks like they look only instead of poison being fed, i'll feed em the truth! Gangs are cults ppl. They change your morals,your beliefs & instill gang rules,gang propaganda & steel kids from their families. Believe it or not gangs are cults! I know because i spent almost 20 yrs in one 13 of it incarserated. Only by Gods Grace did i wake up & realize this. www.facebook.com/heir2thathrown if you want start getting Novato clean.
caresformarin May 22, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Keep in mind marin gang members who have been in prison will be getting out soon. Think its bad now, wait till they come home. They will be recruiting & educating young recruites to commit murder, weapontry & warfare tactics, how to manufacture weapons, establish turff, run drug trades, recruit girls to prostitute..if we get to these kids 1st they wont be tempted by these older gang members for they will be standing firm on a faith based foundation found only in Christ. Do nothing & within 5yrs marin will be just santa rosa or san jose. Nows the time to act. Yes theres gangs here but it can be thwarted, once these older guys come home its going to get bad, mark my words. If your serious, use me & the ministry im part of. We're all ex gang members who hit the streets ministering the salvation of Christ. Love wins, every time!

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