Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Fred VanVleet had 15 points and C.J. Miles returned after missing three of the previous four games because of a sore right hip to score 13.Kawhi Leonard (rest) sat as the Raptors played the second game of a back-to-back.Lowry was originally expected to rest, but told Nurse he wanted to play as he works his way back into shape after missing time with a sore back.Phoenix was up 78-77 to begin the fourth, but Toronto took the lead at 88-87 when the Suns’ Josh Jackson fouled Toronto’s Chris Boucher on a dunk with 7:50 to go. Jackson argued the call and was ejected after picking up his second technical foul. After video review, the foul on Boucher was ruled flagrant. Toronto made both of its foul shots and got the ball back, with Lowry hitting a 3 to put the Raptors up 95-87.“I felt it was my job to step up and say something for my teammates,” Jackson said. “I felt like somebody should have got a technical foul because that was just ridiculous.”Kokoskov said the Suns need to do a better job of maintaining their composure in key moments.“To beat a team like Toronto on their court, you almost have to play a perfect game, and we didn’t,” he said.Phoenix trailed 57-49 at halftime.TIP-INSSuns: Jackson scored seven points in 19 minutes before being ejected. … G Jamal Crawford (left knee) missed his second straight game. … Phoenix F Quincy Acy was a second round pick by Toronto in 2012. … The Suns are 4-18 on the road. … Ayton’s career-high in rebounds is 18. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Raptors: F OG Anunoby missed his second straight game for personal reasons. … Toronto is 12-5 against Western Conference opponents. … G Patrick McCaw made his Toronto debut, going scoreless in six minutes. He signed with the Raptors last Thursday.MILESTONE MOMENTLowry finished with eight assists, giving him 5,002 for his career. He’s one of 10 active players to reach the mark.“He really commands the offense and knows where to get it,” Nurse said.Lowry joins Jose Calderon, Raymond Felton, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, John Wall and Russell Westbrook.“It’s a great stepping stone for my individual, personal career,” Lowry said.SETTING SUNSToronto swept the season series against Phoenix in consecutive years for the first time in franchise history.BACK-TO-BACKSThe Raptors are an NBA-best 8-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season. This was their ninth of 12 such sets. Serge Ibaka put Toronto up 109-107 on a hook shot with 47 seconds left, but Mikal Bridges tied it with a pair of free throws with 13 seconds remaining.Toronto gave the ball to Siakam, who let the clock wind down before driving for a left-handed layup that bounced off the backboard and fell through the rim as the buzzer sounded. The basket was confirmed following a video review.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I always feel I can get to the rim,” Siakam said. “I just felt like I had an advantage, just long strides and try to get there. The big came up to help, but it was kind of too late.”Siakam had 10 points and 12 rebounds as Toronto extended its home winning streak to eight. NBA commissioner backs Enes Kanter’s decision to skip London trip Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award UP NEXTSuns: Visit Charlotte on Saturday night.Raptors: Host Memphis on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I just thought he could beat somebody off the dribble,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “He made a great move and he finished it off.”Siakam’s winner wasn’t quite what Phoenix was expecting.“We were surprised,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. “Personally, I was thinking Lowry was going to take the last shot. Siakam made a big play for his team.”Ibaka scored 22 points and Lowry had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who have won six of seven overall.Devin Booker scored 30 points, Deandre Ayton had 15 points and 17 rebounds, and Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 18 for the Suns.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam smiles after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The Phoenix Suns figured Toronto guard Kyle Lowry was going to take the decisive shot. Pascal Siakam and the Raptors had other plans.Siakam scored the winning basket just before time expired, leading the Raptors to a 111-109 victory over the Suns on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Besides, every team that plays the Beermen seems to play a notch better than usual.“I know we have a big target but at the same time, we just got to keep working harder,” Lassiter said.And Blackwater may have added motivation against the Beermen as they take on former guard Paul Zamar, who now plays a relief role for San Miguel Beer after an offseason trade.Blackwater also owns a recent upset of San Miguel Beer in last season’s Governors’ Cup, but three key players from that Elite squad are already gone: Zamar, fiery guard John Pinto and star big man JP Erram.For Alaska, there’s extra motivation to snare that win against Columbian: It may quell persistent rumors about Alex Compton’s head coaching tenure with the Aces.“Last time I checked I was still coaching the game,” said Compton when asked on Sunday to address his job situation.Compton gave little credence to the rumors, saying he’d be the first person to know if he were in trouble because Alaska team owner Fred Uytengsu would talk to him directly.“That’s Fred, he’s awesome to work for,” said Compton. “He will sit me down and tell me when it’s time and, when it is and if it happens, then great.”“I was gone for two weeks and we had a tune-up game and I wasn’t there and no coaches just leave in the preseason,” said Compton.“So it’s natural that a rumor would start.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history The Aces take on the Columbian Dyip at 4:30 p.m., after which the Beermen take the court against the Blackwater Elite.San Miguel Beer is currently tiptoeing on a 2-3 (win-loss) record. While it isn’t quite stuck in quicksand just yet, the team hasn’t shown the kind of domination expected of a reigning four-time champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMarcio Lassiter, however, doesn’t seem perturbed, saying all it takes is a little effort for the Beermen to turn things around.“Defense,” Lassiter said after the tailend of back-to-back losses last week, a 108-98 defeat to Rain Or Shine. “That’s No. 1. [And] we can’t seem to rebound. I’d say those two were the biggest things.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Dark clouds over 2019 SEA Games Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Christian Standhardinger (left) should find it easier to deal with Blackwater’s frontline now that JP Erram is playing for another squad. —AUGUST DELA CRUZAlaska needed to watch film to figure out how to plug holes in their roster, San Miguel Beer knows already what it needs to do to flip its current course.The two traditional heavyweights, whose combined PBA trophy count is a sight to behold, are hoping the solutions to their Philippine Cup woes will come in time on Wednesday, when they face separate foes at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “If we can’t rebound, then we can’t play our up-tempo [style],” Lassiter added. “We can’t go out and play our game … not getting the defensive rebound.”Alaska has lost just once so far—its opening game—but is faced with manpower woes. The Painters welcomed the Aces to the Philippine Cup with an 85-72 whipping that exposed the holes in Alaska’s roster.The Aces showed up minus forwards Vic Manuel and Kevin Racal and guards JVee Casio and Simon Enciso, all due to various injuries.“It was hard but it’s no excuse,” said Chris Banchero Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “The game showed our weaknesses so we got a lot of film to watch. When you get beat like that you know that you got a lot of things to work on.”In a way, the Aces and the Beermen can’t pick a better schedule to deal with their current form. The combined record of their opponents is 3-6. But this is no longer a conference where teams can take opponents likely, and San Miguel knows that well after losing to Columbian in its first assignment.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
Judge Johannes Zlahn, presiding judge of the Civil Law Court, has threatened to send lawyers he described as “money eaters” to jail if allegations are proven against them.It is reported that some lawyers are in the constant habit of charging hundreds of United States dollars as legal fees, but then fail to live up to the expectations of their clients and even abandon them. Such lawyers could face the wrath of Judge Johannes Zlahn.Against this backdrop, Judge Zlahn announced last Friday that he was prepared to send lawyers to jail for receiving money from clients and neglecting their cases.It all started when Judge Zlahn instructed his Clerk of Court to read the list of cases he would have heard last Friday, but when the list was called the judge noticed that lawyers, who should have handled those cases were not around.The lawyers’ absence annoyed him so much that he was openly heard saying, “It is disappointing that senior lawyers will receive money from clients and fail to represent them and this is unacceptable.”He added, “Any lawyer that asks for assignment and a notice is prepared in that direction, served, received and signed for but that lawyer fails to appear for hearing, will be held in contempt, fined and subsequently sent to jail.”According to the judge, the act by such lawyers not to honor court notices of assignment is contemptuous, unprofessional and unethical.The judge stated that when a person throws himself or herself at the mercy of a lawyer and relies on the lawyer to protect his or her rights, it behoves the lawyer to live up to the person’s expectation by effectively representing the person.According to him, failure of lawyers to follow through with their clients’ cases is among the reasons that are responsible for over-crowdedness of court documents.“This is why lots of cases have not been heard for the last five years. They are negligent in representing their clients,” he declared.He warned, “When it is time to hear their clients’ cases they often fail to appear without any justifiable reason. This will not happen in this court that I am presiding over, and if any lawyer would think they can receive money from their clients and refuse to follow their cases, let them try it.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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George Weah: “This Order recognizes existing imperatives that government must tackle.”Amid claims over the government’s delay in releasing the report on the investigation conducted by international experts, including those from the United States, the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President George Weah said in his annual address on Monday, January 28, 2019, that the report will be ready for the public by the end of February.He said the report will be delivered to the public by a special technical team of investigators from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).While delivering his second state of the nation address before the 54th Legislature on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Weah said: “…the Liberian news media circulated stories alleging that containers of Liberian dollars imported by the Central Bank were missing.“Given the gravity of the allegation, our administration took several actions in response, including the setting up of a special presidential technical committee to investigate,” he said.He continued, “In addition, the government requested the assistance of the EU, AU, ECOWAS and the U.S. government to conduct a separate and standard investigation into the alleged missing money and with the assistance from USAID, an audit team from London was invited to independently investigate and report the findings.”President Weah meanwhile warned, “If it is established that there has been any willful act of criminality, negligence or maleficence by anyone implicated by the report, the full weight of the law will be brought to bear.”On Monday, September 17, 2018, Justice Minister Frank Musa Dean declared that the previous administration of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was responsible for the missing containers of money. He said: “Initial findings indicate that the container and bags of money allegedly arrived between November 2017, prior to the inauguration of the current government, and August 2018. Evidence available to the investigative team established that the current administration was not informed about the arrival of the containers and bags of money into the country.”President Sirleaf told a local media publisher that there was a wicked ploy to impugn her character and that of past officials. “I have been reliably informed that the Central Bank of Liberia has undertaken an internal investigation, and by a directive from the Minister of Justice provided a full report to the police.”She added, “The CBL has prepared a release that gives full evidence and clarification that refute the statement of Minister of Information Eugene Nagbe. This had been held for two days because the CBL Governor and the Minister of Justice have refused to approve the release. It is most unfortunate that the government would give false information that wickedly impugns the reputation of past officials and, by extension, the country itself.”The former President said she was reliably informed that the Central Bank of Liberia had undertaken an internal investigation and provided a full report to the police based on a directive from Justice Minister Dean.Information Minister Lenn Eugen Nagbe, who was said to have escalated the matter by raising the initial reported amount of L$9 billion to L$16 billion, said in a Voice of America (VOA) early morning interview that when the President received the information about the newly-printed banknotes, he sanctioned an investigation, which was being chaired by the Ministry of Justice, the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), and other security apparatuses.“The idea is to understand how much money came into the country, how much was ordered, how much was printed, which country printed the money, and how did it affect the country’s foreign exchange situation,” Minister Nagbe said.“We can confirm that the money was brought through the Freeport of Monrovia and the Roberts International Airport and for now we can confirm that the amount was L$16 billion; an estimate of a little over US$60 million as far as we are concerned from the ongoing investigation as of today, and it came in two ports of entry,” he confirmed.Two civil society organizations — Citizens United for the Campaign of Bring Back Our Money (CUCOMB) and the Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia (EFFL) — jointly staged a peaceful demonstration calling on the government to speedily investigate the alleged mysterious disappearance of containers said to have been filled with billions of Liberian dollars.Following their protests, a series of communications were served the international community through the offices of ECOWAS, EU, the U.S. Embassy, and AU in the country, an act which prompted the Government of Liberia to create investigative teams, including the current international team of investigators, to find out what happened to the money under question.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
— Jody Mitchell (@Filaprint3D) December 11, 2015British Columbians nominated 535 small businesses from the beginning of October until the end of November. Previously, two businesses based in the North Peace, and the Northern Rockies, were nominated and up for placement in the top 10 ranking of their respective categories, as well.These top 10 Semi-Finalists will have to complete an award application that will be used to determine the Top 5 Finalists for each of the categories. The finalists will be announced on Jan. 29, 2016.From here, the Top 5 are chosen to present a business pitch to the judges, à la Dragon’s Den.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Two regional businesses in the South Peace have ranked the top 10 lists for their respective categories in the Small Business B.C. Awards.Dawson Creek’s Vintage & Restoration Love is among the top 10 in the running for the Premier’s People’s Choice, and Filaprint — based in Tumbler Ridge — is a top 10 finalist for Best Concept.Staff of Vintage & Restoration Love shared their excitement about the nomination on Facebook.“Thank you to all my amazing customers, and all that gave us your vote!!! Please feel free to leave a comment for the judges of how I and my staff have impacted your visit in our store;)”- Advertisement -Jody Mitchell, the mind behind Filaprint, took to twitter and her website to share the news.Pleased to have been nominated and now placed in the Top Ten for BC Small Business Awards! https://t.co/KcBZBaFssc…https://t.co/AwSzQC5TnGAdvertisement The winners of each category will be announced at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony on Feb. 25, 2016 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver.The winners will be offered a one-year all-access pass to education, resources, and mentorships from experts in business.
A Donegal petrol station has been ordered to close for 24 hours in November after the owner’s conviction for selling marked mineral oil.McD Fuels in Burnfoot has been told to stop trading for one day, on November 10th, next. Owner Damian McDaid was also fined €3,500 after he appeared at Buncrana District Court.Revenue officer Bernadette Murray told the hearing she stopped a woman driving a 4×4 at Ballyderowen, Burnfoot on April 7 last year.The vehicle’s tank was dipped and it tested positive for marked mineral oil, namely a blue dye.The woman said she had just filled her vehicle at McD Fuels, known locally as McDaid’s.DONEGAL PETROL STATION DONE FOR SELLING DODGY FUEL was last modified: September 10th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
2 Crouch – who was hailed for his brilliant strike-rate in a Three Lions shirt, scoring 22 goals in 42 appearances – has not been called up to the England squad since 2010 after being dropped by Fabio Capello.But the 37-year-old insists he has never officially hung up his boots from the national side and would have NEVER called it quits.Speaking on the Weekend Sports Breakfast, the Stoke City striker said: “I don’t think I would have ever retired.“But, having said that, I understand where Jamie Vardy is coming from to a certain degree.“I’ve been there, certainly with Fabio Capello towards the end. Vardy made four appearances at the World Cup, but started just one game – the Group G dead rubber against Belgium “You go away for ten days, everyone else is with their families or relaxing, and you don’t even get any minutes.“You literally train, sit in a hotel and you’re bored stiff while you could be doing other things and resting.“So although I wouldn’t do it, I do sympathise with Vardy because I’ve been there.“It’s one of those things people don’t like to see, because it looks like you’re turning your back on your country – but I’m sure he hasn’t done that.”Listen back to Peter Crouch on the Weekend Sports Breakfast IN FULL above! Crouchy scored against France in his last appearance for England back in 2010 2 Peter Crouch has told talkSPORT he sympathises with Jamie Vardy about his decision to hang up his boots for England, but insists he would have NEVER retired from representing the Three Lions.Vardy called it a day with the national team following their run to the World Cup semi-finals this summer.The Leicester City striker made himself unavailable for selection as Gareth Southgate prepares for the start of his side’s qualification campaign for the 2020 European Championships – which kicks off against Spain on Saturday evening.Vardy, who has scored seven goals in 26 appearances for England, has said he ‘hasn’t shut the door completely’ and ‘wouldn’t say no’ if asked to return to help solve an injury crisis.
Police believe the body of a fisherman pulled from a harbour in Scotland may be that of a missing Donegal man.It is believed the body found in the sea near the pier at Ullapool harbor yesterday is that of Anthony Toland.Mr Toland, 34, from Glengad in Inishowen, was missing for a number of hours after last being seen on Christmas day. The alarm was raised that evening and police, coastguard and the RNLI carried out “extensive searches”.His body was recovered from the harbour yesterday after the search resumed with the assistance of Grampian Police dive team.Police said that his family have been informed and investigations into the circumstances are continuing.Police do not suspect foul play but are working on the theory that the late Mr Toland may have slipped and lost his footing while returning to his boat. He was the son of Ann and the late Owen Toland and has five brothers and four sisters.He was well-known and respected in the Glengad area where he played for the local Glengad United football team.A local source “It’s such a tragic time of year for anything like this to happen. But the fact that he was such a young man makes it all the harder.“His family are still trying to take it all in,” said the source.Police are still trying to establish exactly how Mr Toland died. BODY PULLED FROM HARBOUR IS BELIEVED TO BE MISSING DONEGAL MAN was last modified: December 27th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:missingPaddy TolandScotlandUllapool Harbour
A Co Tyrone man who was wanted in Donegal over sexual assault allegations has appeared in court today after being detained on a European arrest warrant.Lorry driver Roy David Cochrane from the Loughmuck Road in Omagh appeared at Letterkenny District Court this afternoon after his extradition from the North.He had been arrested by the PSNI on January 7th last on foot of a request by Gardai in Co Donegal. The 42-year-old is charged with three offences of rape of a child under 17 years.Gardai applied to the court in Letterkenny today for Cochrane to be remanded in custody.However he was released on bail to appear back at the same court on March 4.Cochrane’s lawyers had told an extradition hearing in Belfast last month that their client denied the charges.His counsel Michael Boyd told Belfast Recorder’s Court that his client left Donegal to move back home before a complaint was made to gardai.Mr Boyd added at the time that his client is very much prepared to face the allegations, which he denies.* Comments are closed on this story.EXTRADITED MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON CHILD RAPE CHARGES AND IS RELEASED ON BAIL was last modified: February 7th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EXTRADITED MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON CHILD RAPE CHARGES AND IS RELEASED ON BAIL
LANCASTER – A reputed Antelope Valley gang member faces more than six years in prison in connection with the slaying of a Lancaster parolee shot to death after an argument at his downtown home. Rafael Espinoza, 26, of Palmdale was sentenced last week after prosecutors dropped a murder charge in exchange for no-contest pleas to several lesser charges in the killing of Arthur Raymond Morua, who prosecutors say was shot by another man as Espinoza waited outside in a car. “It was difficult to make the connection to hold Espinoza liable for the murder of Morua,” Deputy District Attorney Benny Osorio said. “I was limited to his own statement. No other witnesses placed him at the scene.” Espinoza was sentenced in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday to six years and four months in prison after pleading no contest to assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, being an accessory after the fact for murder, and possession of a firearm as an aider and abettor. Morua, 26, of Lancaster also was a parolee. He was sent to prison in 1996 after convictions on assault and weapon charges and got out for the last time four months before his slaying. — Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Co-defendant Richard Garcia III, 25, of Lancaster is awaiting trial for murder. The alleged gunman, Byron Matheu, is still being sought. Espinoza drove the other two defendants on Feb. 17, 2003, to a house in the 44700 block of Elm Avenue and was in the car when the shooting occurred, Osorio said. Espinoza told investigators Matheu had asked him to drive him, and he assumed something was going to happen to Matheu’s girlfriend, whose thigh Matheu had grazed while shooting at her a few days earlier. Instead, the trio went to the Elm Avenue house, where Matheu and Morua had an argument that turned into a fistfight, officials said. Matheu pulled out a gun and shot and killed Morua. The defendants are believed to be members of an East Los Angeles-based gang that has members in the Antelope Valley. Matheu’s younger brother, Aaron, was sentenced in 2003 to 25 years to life in prison for a 2002 Lancaster carjacking that authorities said was an initiation into the gang.