DATE: March 19, 2015
CASE: Jasmine Maria Velasquez & Jose Maria Perez
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Samuel Alexander, Career Criminal Prosecution Unit
District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced that Jasmine Maria Velasquez was convicted by jury of four counts of armed carjacking, seven counts of armed robbery and one count of illegal possession of a firearm. The jury also found true that she committed these crimes in association with the Sureño criminal street gang. Jose Maria Perez was convicted by jury of one count of armed robbery in association with the Sureño gang. Perez also has a prior 2012 felony assault conviction.
Between April 16, 2013 and May 22, 2013, Velasquez organized and participated in a series of carjackings and robberies. At the time of her arrest, items used in all of the crimes were found in her car and the handgun used in the crimes was found in her bedroom. Velasquez was also connected to the crimes through text messages, cell tower locations and DNA evidence. The proceeds of these crimes were funneled to a Sureño gang member, who was an inmate at Folsom Prison. In one of the robberies, Perez took a Wells Fargo deposit bag and purse from a fast food employee at gunpoint.
Velasquez faces a maximum potential sentence of 86 years, 8 months plus 120 years to life in state prison. Perez faces a maximum potential sentence of 25 years in state prison. Both defendants are scheduled to be sentenced on April 17, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in Department 41 before the Honorable Helena Gweon.
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