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A 42-year-old man was sentenced Friday to 31 years to life in prison for a gang-related fatal shooting in Santa Ana two decades ago.

Manuel Burciaga, arrested in September of 2010 following a police chase, was convicted in November of killing rival gang member Artemio Rios Jr. on Oct. 22, 1993, in front of Saddleback High School, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

When Burciaga was arrested following the police chase, investigators recognized him as a suspect in the Rios killing, Bertagna said.

Co-defendant Francisco Meza was arrested in 1993 and eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter, Bertagna said.

Burciaga still faces charges for the police chase and was next due in court on that case on Tuesday.

Orange County Superior Court Judge James Stotler awarded Burciaga 2,636 days credit for time served behind bars since his arrest.

–City News Service

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