A gang member from Tulare was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2009 murder of a 15-year-old girl.
Last month, a jury found 22-year-old Jesus Aleman guilty of first degree murder in the shooting death of Mireya Rodriguez.
According to the Tulare County District Attorney's Office, Aleman was driving around the city on the evening of October 3, 2009, looking to shoot a rival gang member. Investigators say three other gang members were in the car with him.
The DA's Office says Aleman drove by a house, shot at a group of teenagers he thought were rival gang members, and drove off.
A bullet struck Rodriguez in the stomach. She was taken to a Fresno hospital but later died.
Aleman was arrested the following day.