A Pacoima gang member wounded in North Hollywood last year in a shootout with undercover Glendale police detectives is set to be sentenced Friday for an armed robbery spree in the San Fernando Valley between November 2010 and June 2011.
David Cesar Santos, 20, was convicted by a Van Nuys Superior Court jury last month of six counts of second-degree robbery and one count each of assault on a peace officer and attempted second-degree robbery. Jurors also found true gang and gun allegations.
Also set to be sentenced today is co-defendant Christopher Rosalio Morales, 23, who pleaded no contest to seven counts of second-degree robbery and one count of attempted second-degree robbery.
Santos and Morales face up to 45 years in state prison when they appear before Judge Martin Herscovitz for sentencing this morning.
The two were arrested June 21, 2011, after Glendale police detectives conducting a surveillance operation in North Hollywood witnessed an armed robbery at Sylvan Street and Colfax Avenue, authorities said. They jumped in a Chrysler PT Cruiser after spotting the detectives, and Santos was wounded when he rammed the vehicle into a detective's car, drawing police gunfire.