Two years after a jury convicted him of shooting a 15-year-old girl in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun, a Costa Mesa gang member has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison, authorities said.
Salvador Burciaga, 24, was the fourth defendant to be sentenced in connection with the shooting. He was convicted of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and enhancements for gun use, being an active participant in a street gang and committing a felony for the benefit of a gang, according to a news release.
His sentencing was delayed until January of this year because defense attorneys kept requesting continuances, said Orange County district attorney's office spokeswoman Farrah Emami.
Burciaga, also known as "Stalker" and "Sal," was convicted of pulling the trigger about 6:30 p.m. July 28, 2008, in the 700 block of Shalimar Drive in Costa Mesa.
Witnesses said a car made a U-turn on Wallace Avenue where it dead ends on Shalimar Drive. Burciaga jumped out with a shotgun and ran over to a group of teenagers who had just finished playing basketball.