Oxnard man sentenced on robbery, gang charges

VENTURA, Calif. - An Oxnard man will serve two decades in state prison for multiple robbery charges committed on behalf of a criminal street gang.

Ventura County District Attorney Gregory Totten announced on Thursday that Jose Villalobos, 30, of Oxnard, was sentenced to 21 years in state prison after a jury found him guilty of robbery, attempted robbery and street terrorism.

The jury also determined that Villalobos committed the crimes for the benefit of the street gang Southside Chiques.

The charges stemmed from a robbery that occurred on December 6, 2013.

Early that morning, Villalobos, Efren Parra, 29, of Oxnard, Salvador Avalos, 23, of Oxnard and a fourth unidentified man forcibly stole property from two men who were walking on El Dorado Avenue in Oxnard. The four suspects attempted to forcibly take property from one victim and then robbed the second victim of personal property and physically attacked him. Oxnard Police Department responded to the scene and detained the men shortly after they fled the scene.

Co-defendant Avalos pleaded guilty prior to trial and was convicted of one count of robbery and admitted to being part of the street gang. Avalos was sentenced on March 30, 2016 to 12 years in prison.

Co-defendant, Parra, who was convicted of the same crimes and allegations as Villalobos, was sentenced on March 14, 2017, to 21 years in state prison.

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