Posted: May 2, 2013 5:33 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News
Updated: May 2, 2013 9:09 PM
The family of a murdered teen has to wait longer for the sentencing of the boy's killer.
Armando Yepez has already been convicted in the 2011 drive-by shooting of 17-year old Gabriel Salgado in Oceano.
In a San Luis Obispo court on Tuesday, Yepez filed for a Madson motion, claiming he wasn't getting along with the attorney he had and wanted a new one. As a result, the judge delayed his sentencing until Thursday; however, on Thursday morning Superior Court Judge Ginger Garrett denied that request in a room full of Gabriel's family. The defense attorney then asked to file a motion for a new trial, so Yepez was not sentenced.
The victim's family is disappointed in the delay for justice. They told KSBY they now have a new motto.
"Smile now, cry later. That's what we are thinking right now," said Irene, Gabriel's aunt.
The family said they were prepared to give statements Thursday, but mostly they are ready to move on with their lives.
The next court date is set for June 10th. If the motion for a new trial is denied, Yepez will be sentenced then.
Salgado was killed when Yepez, a former Los Angeles gang member, drove past a group of friends standing on the 1700 block of 21th street in Oceano and opened fire.
Another teenager was shot in the leg, but survived.
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