A Costa Mesa gang member was sentenced to 24 years and four months in prison Friday for his role in killing a rival Santa Ana gang member.
Jesus Ramon Rojo, 27, pleaded guilty in September to killing Julio Cesar Guerrero-Elias, 20.
Guerrero-Elias was dropping a friend off in an alley when he was shot. The victim then drove several blocks injured before crashing into a parked car in the 1100 block of Paularino Avenue.
He later died of his injuries at Orange Coast Memorial Hospital, according to archived reports of the shooting.
The crime was the second gang-related shooting in April 2006 — a year that saw heightened gang-related violence.
On Sept. 2, Rojo pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and street terrorism with sentencing enhancements for use of a firearm and membership in a criminal street gang.