Three gang members convicted of the murder of a 19- year-old man playing basketball in a Montebello Park in 2010 were each sentenced Monday to 50 years to life in prison.

Roger Gutierrez, 22, Ernest Ortiz, 25, and Rudy Escarcega, 24, were convicted of first-degree murder in the March 11, 2010, death of Raymond Camberos.

The victim told the men when they approached him in Reggie Rodriguez Park about 7 p.m. that he was from another gang. Escarcega and Gutierrez starting fighting with him and when Camberos broke away and ran, Gutierrez shot him in the back, according to authorities.

It was one of six unrelated murder cases filed against members of a Montebello gang that established a “killer squad” unit to challenge its rivals. The charges were brought as part of a wide-ranging investigation by a gang task force dubbed Operation Sudden Impact.

“The gang maintained an arsenal of weapons, engaged in violent acts and operated a robust drug trade that frightened and intimidated the people of Montebello,” United States Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said at the time of several May 2013 indictments and arrests of gang members.

Gutierrez, Ortiz and Escarcega were all in prison for other crimes when they were charged in the park killing.

—City News Service

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