Steven Santana (left) and Miguel Parra leave the courtroom after being sentenced to 16 years in prison for the beating death of George Ied

Paul Wellman

Steven Santana (left) and Miguel Parra leave the courtroom after being sentenced to 16 years in prison for the beating death of George Ied

Gang Members Sentenced to 16 Years for Beating Death

Steven Santana and Miguel Parra Had Pleaded Guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter

Monday, August 12, 2013
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Closing out the final chapter in the murder case against four Eastside gang members — charged with beating Milpas Street shopkeeper George Ied to death in October 2010 — defendants Miguel Parra and Steven Santana were sentenced Monday to 16 years in state prison. Last week, Michael Cardenas was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison, and Miguel Parra’s older brother, Ismael, was sentenced to 15 years to life.

The ruling handed down by Judge Brian Hill this week came after Santana’s attorney, Joe Allen, argued his client should be sentenced to time served and probation because he cooperated with authorities and helped the District Attorney’s Office secure a second-degree murder conviction against Ismael Parra and Cardenas. By doing so, Allen said, Santana disavowed his entire former life and put himself at great risk for retaliation.

Santana, long associated with Santa Barbara street gangs, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in exchange for his testimony. He was sentenced to six years on that charge with an additional 10-year gang enhancement. The maximum possible sentence was 21 years.

Speaking directly to Hill, Santana said that if the judge released him on probation and granted him a second chance to be with his family, he would be a better role model to his brothers and a better son to his parents. He “learned a lot from the experience,” he went on, “ and could learn a lot more if he was released back to the streets.” Santana also promised to never return to gang life, explaining he couldn’t even if he wanted to.

Hill, remarking that Santana’s entreaty was “no doubt sincere and genuine,” and that he “no doubt desires to turn his life around,” said the crime was a serious one and deserving of prison time not probation. Hill said because there were four men beating on Ied, he was especially helpless and stood little chance of fighting back or escaping. “There are force in numbers,” Hill went on, noting how Santana contributed to the unprovoked and merciless attack.

After a few brief words from his attorney, Sam Eaton, Miguel Parra was given the same sentence by Hill: six years for voluntary manslaughter and 10 years for a gang enhancement. Miguel’s original trial ended in a hung jury and shortly after he pleaded guilty to the reduced charge.

Outside the courtroom, Allen estimated that with time served and credit for good behavior, Santana will likely spend 10-11 years behind bars before he’s released.


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Smiling leaving Court after receiving 16 yr. sentence for helping to beat an innocent guy to death who was just walking home from work.

Hope someone in prison knocks those smiles off their faces. I know... they were good boys just trying to turn their life around.

BacktoSanity (anonymous profile)
August 12, 2013 at 6:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

That smile was my first impression too. So mocking, so brutal, so stupid, useless & malicious. And one still has to hold their pants up. (though they're jail clothes and I have sweat pants that require a safety pin.)
RIP, Mr. Ied.

geraldbostock (anonymous profile)
August 12, 2013 at 9:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

10 for being in a gang, 6 for killing somebody. That what it costs you to kill an innocent nowadays? 6 years? Let loose some theives and drug dealers so the killers stay locked up.

spacey (anonymous profile)
August 12, 2013 at 10:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

They didn't get 16 years for murder they got 16 for snitching, the others got what they rightfully deserved and these two should have gotten, 15 to life.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
August 13, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I have heard reasons that people sport the saggy pants look. Now they will have all the time in the world, well at least 16 years, to explore the possibilities of what those saggy pants will get them in a prison full of male inmates that probably don't like snitches. Perhaps justice will prevail.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
August 13, 2013 at 9:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Did either of these guys have two previous convictions? If so, whatever happened to 3 strikes?

bloggulator (anonymous profile)
August 13, 2013 at 9:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

You will never, can never, change the mentality of these kind of
people. Look for a lot more of the gangbanger mentality, as
demographics of California continue to change.
Good luck.

zuma7 (anonymous profile)
August 13, 2013 at 10:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

AND, that is why prisons are packed to capacity.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
August 13, 2013 at 10:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Smug perp-walking photo says it all. Get gang members off our city streets. Now. No use for people who assault, maim and kill. This is 2013 in the USA people; it is not Animal Kingdom 20,000 B.C.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
August 13, 2013 at 1:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Santana did get a life sentence. He's gonna be dead in a year or two.

SezMe (anonymous profile)
August 14, 2013 at 3:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

No other witnesses. Half a loaf. Say la vie.

Adonis_Tate (anonymous profile)
August 14, 2013 at 4:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Smiling as they head for a life of no walks on the beach, no watching the sunset, no intimacy with women, (or very limited if the get conjugal visits), no kicking back on the front porch enjoying a barbeque. The fact that they are looking forward to their life of restriction only goes to show how far gone these guys are.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
August 14, 2013 at 4:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Not as far gone as George Ied.

Botany (anonymous profile)
August 14, 2013 at 5:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

In contrast, the assault by SBPD on Skye McGinnis posted today is "public safety". The increased presence of violent criminal perpetrators with training that's a little longer than one SBCC semester on State St. at ridiculous compensation and pension levels was the result of lobbying by conservatives, Randy Rowse and Dale Francisco, who blame democrats for excessive city spending.
A major dilemma inherent in witnessed attacks of police brutality like McGinnis's is that they preclude fabricated police reports describing violent attacks on SBPD officers that precipitate the officers' "defensive" actions that leave innocent citizens covered in blood and suffering serious injuries. This is a serious problem, since it enables denial of the routine nature of SBPD brutality that results in the arrest and conviction of residents on charges of assaulting police officers and resisting arrest.
It's unfortunate that ignorant SB citizens believe that increased police presence is a means of reducing violence in our community.

14noscams (anonymous profile)
August 14, 2013 at 9:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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