Noel Herrera has been sentenced to death by the State of California for multiple murders. According to court reports Noel Herrera was responsible for the murders of three men from 2010 to 2017 with two of them being gang related. The first murder was in 2010 when a 26 year old man was shot and killed. In 2014 another man was shot and killed in a drive by shooting and in 2017 Noel Herrera shot and killed a 25 year old man. Noel Herrera would be arrested and convicted of all three murders and sentenced to death. However California has not executed anyone since 2006 and has no plans to start up executions in the State again.
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A gang member with the moniker “Guilty” was found just that by a jury of his peers on Feb. 3.
The Tulare County District Attorney’s office announced on Feb. 15 that Noel Herrera, 32, was found guilty of multiple murders committed from 2010 to 2017. The jury went so far as to recommend a death sentence as well.
Herrera committed his first shooting murder on Jan. 9, 2010. The victim was a 26-year-old male. In a drive by shooting on April 24, 2014, Herrera shot and killed a 25-year-old male. On Feb. 15, 2017, Herrera was again involved in a drive by shooting. No one was injured in this incident. Three days later on Feb. 18, 2017, Herrera shot and killed a 20-year-old male victim. After being stopped by law enforcement the next day for speeding, a search of his vehicle revealed a firearm that eventually led to ballistic evidence linking him to the Feb. 15, 2017 shooting. All of the crimes took place in the city of Visalia.
After a complete investigation, law enforcement and prosecutors filed the entirety of the case against Herrera in March 2018
On Jan. 18, a jury began hearing evidence in the criminal phase of the case. On Feb. 3, the jury found Herrera guilty of three counts of premeditated first-degree murder with special circumstances and allegations that the crimes constituted multiple murders, and that Herrera personally used a firearm. In addition, the jury convicted Herrera of premeditated attempted murder and shooting at an occupied motor vehicle.