40-year gang member sentence spurs Bradenton police alert

rdymond@bradenton.comNovember 25, 2013 

Miguel Gutierrez

BRADENTON — After a known Bradenton gang member was sentenced to 40 years in state prison Monday, the Bradenton Police Department went on alert, with patrols asked to keep an eye out for any gang violence.

Miguel Gutierrez, 51, received the sentence at the Manatee County Judicial Center, said Capt. William Fowler of the Bradenton Police Department.

The sentence came about a month after Gutierrez was found guilty of second-degree attempted murder with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to court records.

An email forwarded by Bradenton Chief Michael Radzilowski from the Bradenton Police Department gang unit Monday stated: “Mr. Gutierrez received a 40-year prison sentence today for his role in an attempted murder. A few of the Gutierrez family members were very upset as they were leaving the courthouse. Please watch and patrol any known East Side Crip and Gutierrez residences.”

The email refers to the Crips, one of the most violent street gangs in the United States, according to police. The gang is reportedly involved in murders, robberies, and drug dealing. The gang members are known for using the color blue in their clothing.

Fowler confirmed the alert, but said he wasn’t sure how the Gutierrez family members displayed their displeasure with the sentence. The Bradenton police also went on alert when Gutierrez was found guilty by a jury Oct. 18.

“Due to the guilty verdict, we will have extra patrols where known gang violence has occurred in the past,” Bradenton Deputy Chief Warren Merriman told the Herald after the conviction.

Following a two-day trial, the jury deliberated for more than two hours before delivering the verdict.

The shooting occurred March 22 in the 400 block of 10th Avenue West in Bradenton, according to a police report. The victim was shot once in the leg after a dispute turned physical.

Gutierrez was arrested March 25.

On April 10, Gutierrez co-defendant Mario Mendoza was convicted of second-degree attempted murder with a weapon and throwing a deadly missile at, within or into a building or vehicle.

Gutierrez was also convicted of manslaughter in October 1991.

Richard Dymond, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7072 or contact him via Twitter @ RichardDymond.

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