Victor Joseph Espinoza, 56, of Santa Ana, Calif., struck a plea deal after going to a soccer game, asking kids if they wanted to see his gang tattoo and then assaulting a 10-year-old.
New York Daily News
SANTA ANA POLICE DEPARTMENT
Victor Joseph Espinoza’s startling mug shot has drawn many people to this case.
A 425-pound gang member pleaded guilty to false imprisonment for grabbing a 10-year-old boy and sniffing his arm. He received a 32-month prison sentence.
Victor Joseph Espinoza, 56, of Santa Ana, Calif., struck a plea deal that dismissed another charge of street terrorism and a sentencing enhancement for gang activity.
Espinoza’s larger than life mug shot was seen around the world after the incident.
Back in October 2012, the boy was walking along a dirt path in Delhi Park to soccer practice with his cousin, 19, when Espinoza asked them if they wanted to see his gang tattoo, according to prosecutors.
Then he allegedly grabbed the boy and sniffed his arm but the child broke free. They ran back to their soccer coach and told them of the encounter.
The coach ran after Espinoza and tackled him to the ground but the gang member got loose, fled and hid behind a tree, reported CBS Los Angeles.
Local police soon arrived and took him into custody.
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