The Port Arthur News
A 17-year-old member of the Norte 14 gang was found guilty during a motion to revoke probation on a charge of engaging in criminal activity and aggravated assault and sentenced to 75 years in prison.
The sentence was handed down in the 252nd District Court of Jefferson County by Judge Layne Walker on Monday.
Jonathon Gonzalez, also known as “Shades,” is also charged with the April 10, 2011 aggravated robbery of Mini Mart No. 2 on 25th Street.
“These crimes involved planning and gang member participation which then began a violent crime spree in Port Neches, Groves and Port Arthur by the Norte 14 gang members, according to a press release from the Port Arthur Police Department.
Gonzalez is the second of several Norte 14 gang members to be sentenced for their participation in these gang related robberies and home invasions.
“This sentence should send a message to any other individuals who may be involved in this type of criminal activity that these crimes and the individuals who perpetrate them will be located and prosecuted to the fullest extent that the law allows,” according to the press release. “In a continuing collaborative effort with all area law enforcement agencies and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office these types of cases and crimes will be aggressively investigated and prosecuted to ensure the safety of the citizens that live and work in the Port Arthur community.”