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Child Injured in Boyle Heights Hit and Run

(CNS) -A 3-year-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition from a hit-and-run crash early Saturday morning in Boyle Heights. LA police say the hit-and-run motorist in a black 1993 Honda Civic ran a stop sign about 2:10 am on southbound Cornwell Street at Sheridan Street and broadsided a 2-thousand Toyota Echo with three people in it. The Toyota struck a street pole and the child was ejected from its rear passenger seat. The driver of the Honda continued south on Cornwell Street.

Gang Member Convicted In Deputy’s Murder

(CNS) – A gang member was convicted late last week of first-degree murder for supplying a fellow gangster with the gun that was used to kill an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, who was ambushed in front of his Cypress Park home as he was preparing to leave for work in August 2008.

Jurors deliberated about 2 1/2 hours before finding 22-year-old Jose Renteria guilty in the Aug. 2, 2008, slaying of Juan Abel Escalante, along with an attempted murder charge involving a May 15, 2007, shooting of a man who survived. Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegation that Escalante’s killing was carried out to further the activities of a criminal street gang, along with an allegation that Renteria had personally used an SKS rifle during the attempted murder.

Renteria is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 65 years to life, when he is sentenced March 4, according to Deputy District Attorney Phillip Stirling.