Teen guilty in gang-related street brawl

By From page A3 | November 17, 2012

FAIRFIELD — A 14-year-old boy faces up to 10 years behind bars after being found guilty Friday of stabbing two men during a September gang fight.

Addison Espinoza had been drinking heavily with several other teens on the night of Sept. 7 in front of a home on Fillmore Street. The group grew rowdy and caught the attention of several men across the street at an apartment complex. Within minutes, more than a dozen men were fighting in the street.

After Espinoza was arrested, he told police he had acted in a drunken rage after some of the men from the apartment started throwing bottles at his friends.

Police believe the fight and the stabbing were gang-related. One victim who was stabbed twice in the back had been wearing red basketball shorts. Witnesses said local gang names were shouted out during the brawl.

Espinoza denied being a gang member but Judge Robert Fracchia did not believe him, convicting him of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon – a knife. During a two-day juvenile court hearing, police testified that Espinoza had a gang tattoo on his chest and had previously told police he was a gang member. Espinoza said his two older brothers belonged to the same gang.

After the fighting stopped, three men were taken to the hospital where they were treated for stab wounds. In addition to the 18-year-old who was stabbed twice in the back, an A 22-year-old Fairfield resident had injuries to his hands and a 22-year-old Suisun City resident had a stab wound to his groin.

When juveniles are charged with certain serious crimes, their names are posted at the courthouse and their hearings are open to the public.

Fracchia ordered Espinoza back to juvenile court Dec. 4 for sentencing.

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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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