Gang Member Convicted in Racially Motivated ’08 Canoga Park Slaying

Ann M. Simons, Los Angeles Times, April 15, 2011

A jury in Van Nuys finds Martin Sotelo, a Latino, guilty of first-degree murder with two special circumstance allegations–murder due to the victim’s race, and murder in a drive-by shooting–in the slaying of a black bowling alley worker.

A 26-year-old Latino was convicted Thursday in the racially motivated killing of a black Canoga Park bowling alley employee in 2008.

A jury in Van Nuys deliberated less than three hours before finding Martin Sotelo, the last of four defendants to face charges in the case, guilty of first-degree murder with two special circumstance allegations–murder due to the victim’s race, and murder in a drive-by shooting.

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Sotelo’s lawyers insisted their client harbored no prejudice against blacks and had no intention of committing a hate killing on Dec. 22, 2008, the night the victim, James Shamp, was killed. But prosecutors said Sotelo was seeking bragging rights and trying to live up to his gang moniker, “Outlaw,” when he willfully participated in the murder.

Shamp, 48, a married father of two, was taking out the trash at the Canoga Bowl when, prosecutors say, Latino gang members pulled up in a car. Sotelo was behind the wheel.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Daniel Akemon of the Hardcore Gang Division said Sotelo helped fellow Canoga Park Alabama gang member Richard Bordelon gun down Shamp “in cold blood because of the color of his skin, in a display of senseless violence and a complete disregard for human life.”

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  • Ellen

    According to the late Terry Anderson, LA radio host and anti-illegal invasion activist, the LAPD came right out and told blacks to stay out of Canoga Park because it’s not safe for them. I guess the poor victim in this case worked in Canoga Park and therefore couldn’t stay out?

    And yet, the so-called black “leaders” won’t say a word about the illegal invasion or the fact that blacks in LA are being murdered just because they’re black. I guess the desire to flood the country with “people of color” and to hurt whitey is far more important.

  • ATBOTL

    This is one of at least dozens and probably over a hundred racially motivated murders between blacks and Mexicans in the LA area over the last 10 years that has received little to no national media coverage.

  • Mike H.

    Rainbow coalition indeed.

    I wonder if blacks realize what a hispanic majority would do to them? Say goodbye to all forms of entitlements and welfare! They have no idea how good they have it.

    Of course I’m just speculating, living in a ghetto with zero hope of social climbing due to the evaporation of AA programs, while facing starvation due to the elimination of welfare might just be worth it to the average black person as long as they can stick it to whitey in the process.

  • Smokedawg

    No, Ellen, it’s not all about hurting whitey. It’s not all about whitey, period.

    When a population group does not hold noble, innate standards, they live by a lesser code. A code of life and conduct that might be appalling to you, but is the norm for them.

    Murder, violence, these are norms in some groups.

  • white is right, black is whack

    If this was a white person doing this, it’d be all over the news. Or if this was as white getting killed by a hispanic because he was white, the media and many blacks and hispanics would not be upset. This is sick what happened, obviously, but why isn’t there any outrage when nonwhites do this to us?

  • Phil

    And smokedog, I disagree with you and agree with Ellen. I’ve watched the historically black California neighborhoods of Watts, Inglewood, Hawthorne, and Compton convert to Hispanic neighborhoods, and those Hispanics are absolutely vicious in taking over the cities; random shootings, quick conversions of magnet schools from black themes to Latino themes, etc. Black folks know fully well that the Hispanics’ interests conflict with their own, and yet they still join Hispanics wherever they can if white people are on the other side of the issue.

    It is classic “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” behavior, and as some of the other posters have stated, it is self-destructive behavior. Blacks are shoved into ghettos all across Iberian America, and they’ll fare no better if Hispanics take over North America.

  • Phil

    Let me introduce a little levity to the debate and to the Amren comments section in general. There is a video on Youtube called “Canoga Park Tourism Video.” It’s great, as is the tourism video for Van Nuys.

  • Anonymous

    I could care less. The hispanics are doing to the blacks what the blacks did to the Whites. How many areas of the country were and still are no go areas for Whites?

    Whites are safe in the areas the hispanics have taken over from blacks. All I care about is safety for Whites.

    What goes around comes around.

  • Istvan

    8 — Anonymous wrote at 5:02 PM on April 16:

    Whites are safe in the areas the hispanics have taken over from blacks. All I care about is safety for Whites.

    Not in New Jersey or Philadelphia, that is for sure. Hispanic areas may not be as bad but far from safe. I over heard two young, female coworkers (both Hispanic) talking about a section of the city with one saying “you should be OK, you kinda look like one of them”. And, years ago, a Hispanic friend persuing a masters degree in New Brunswick, NJ had to live in a latino neighborhood because it was all he could afford. He was afraid. When I said “but you speak spanish!” he said “as soon as they hear me they’ll know I am not one of them”.

    No colonizer is worth it.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to know if 1) this will be listed as a hate crime and if so 2) will it be listed as white on black. The reason I wonder is because I once recall reading that Hispanic is only considered a victim class and not offender.

  • Schoolteacher

    10 Anon: You are correct. Look up hate crimes on the FBI website, look at the tables that categorize victims and perpetrators, and you will see that, while there are Hispanic victims, there are apparently no Hispanic perpetrators. This crime will go into the FBI files as a White hate crime against a Black.

  • Patrick

    I agree with post #8 Anonymous . Basically, what the Mexicans are doing to the blacks, the blacks are doing to the whites so I don’t really have any sympathy for them. When the Mexicans take over a black area, they can only make it better, since black is about as low as it can get. With that, if I had to choose between living next to blacks or Mexicans, I would choose Mexicans in a heartbeat (not saying they would be any better).

  • on the lam from the Thought Police

    A jury in Van Nuys finds Martin Sotelo, a Latino, guilty of first-degree murder with two special circumstance allegations—murder due to the victim’s race, and murder in a drive-by shooting—in the slaying of a black bowling alley worker. . .

    Shamp, 48, a married father of two, was taking out the trash at the Canoga Bowl when, prosecutors say, Latino gang members pulled up in a car. Sotelo was behind the wheel.

    – Ann M. Simons, Los Angeles Times, April 15, 2011

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    I am sorry that Martin Sotelo killed a family man with a job. He should have shot at a ghetto thug.

  • Anonymous

    12 — Patrick wrote at 9:18 AM on April 18:

    I agree with post #8 Anonymous . Basically, what the Mexicans are doing to the blacks, the blacks are doing to the whites so I don’t really have any sympathy for them. When the Mexicans take over a black area, they can only make it better, since black is about as low as it can get. With that, if I had to choose between living next to blacks or Mexicans, I would choose Mexicans in a heartbeat (not saying they would be any better).

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    For a White to be around or live around either race is suicidal. Mexicans and blacks are both equally bad for White survival. I hate living around any NONwhite, period. Every apt. complex I lived in the 70’s and 80’s are now TOTALLY black and hispanic or Asian or a combination of all three. They have been turned into ghettos, gangs, criminals of every stripe,landscaping is now non existent, deterioration of all the buildings are very apparent. Kids all over the place running wild, poor stray dogs and cats everywhere( the only things I do feel sorry for). Those animals are the real victims of a nonwhite America. Nonwhites are well known for their total lack of empathy for Whites and for OUR pets!

    It makes me ill and ashamed that we allowed these “people” to be in our country whatsoever, let alone become “citizens” What a sick joke America has become.

  • Bon, Reporting from PC Ground Zero, Berzerkeley CA

    Here is a photo line up of Texas’s most wanted fugitives. Eight of them are listed as White even though they are clearly Hispanic with names such as “Ricardo Zuniga”, “Javier Morin jr.” and “Rene Morales Munoz”

    They are listed as White!

    http://tinyurl.com/2d74hls

    False media and government portrayals of Whites are exactly where White outrage should be directed.

    It’s bad enough criminals on TV are portrayed overwhelmingly as White (and for God’s Sake people, stop watching stupid race-reversal programs like CSI or Law & Order, turn them off! They are insulting and demeaning to Whites and portray us as THE criminal element in major cities across the US instead of blacks and Hispanics).

    Do Not Support a media that despise you and wish you dead.

    Sorry to sound like a broken record but it infuriates me when I read that CSI is a top ten show:

    The media are a mortal enemy of Whites and should be considered such at all times.

    Bon