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Gang Members Sentenced to Death in Pico Rivera Shooting

Two gang members were sentenced to death on July 12 for a June 2009 shooting in which three men were killed and seven people were wounded outside a Pico Rivera pizza parlor.

John Michael Perez, 47, and Rudy Anthony Ruiz, 34, were convicted April 26 of first-degree murder for the June 27, 2009, slayings of Garret Dandini, 25, his cousin, Tony Dandini, 39, and Juan Carlos Carrera, 36, at a motorcycle club’s charity fundraiser.

Jurors also convicted Perez and Ruiz of seven counts each of attempted murder and one count each of conspiracy to commit murder, and found true gang allegations against the two.

During his opening statement, Deputy District Attorney Stephen Gunson told jurors that the shooting occurred outside Falcone’s Pizza during a charity fundraiser for a local motorcycle club whose members were mistakenly targeted out of the belief that they belonged to a gang.

“Ten people were shot. Three lost their lives,” the prosecutor told jurors.