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Nov 22, 2012 12:58 PM by Associated Press

Southern California gang member sentenced for murders

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A South Los Angeles gang member has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for murdering a single mother and a teenage honors student.

City News Service reports 23-year-old Marquis Edwards, who went by the nickname "Baby Uzi," was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to first degree murder and racketeering in April.

Edwards admits, as a member of the Pueblo Bishop Bloods, he shot 15-year-old Jose Maldonado, leaving him to bleed to death on his driveway in 2006.

He also admitted participating in a 2007 attack, in which he and other gang members surrounded a van driven by Laura Sanchez and shot her repeatedly.

Edwards' attorney unsuccessfully asked for a sentence of 20 years, saying Edwards joined the gang as a teen in search of a father figure.

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