Bryan Gang Member Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

A Bryan gang member will spend a half century in prison for firing a gun at a Bryan home in 2007.

David Samaripas, a known member of the Latin Kings, was sentenced Monday.

A jury convicted Samaripas, 27, Friday of committing deadly conduct.

The original charge was upgraded because Samaripas acted as part of a criminal street gang, plus his possible punishment was also elevated because of prior prison sentences for Assault on a Public Servant and Evading Arrest in a Motor Vehicle.

The jury also found that a deadly weapon, a firearm, was used in the commission of the offense, requiring that he spend at least 25 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole.

Assistant District Attorney Cory Crenshaw and David Hilburn tried the case on behalf of the state of Texas.

Crenshaw stated "Mr. Samaripas will likely spend the remainder of his days in a prison cell. For this is the fate of a violent gang member in Brazos County. My sincere hope is that each and every gang member in our community fully understands the consequences of gang violence and they change their ways before they meet a similar hardship or worse."

The Brazos County District Attorney's office says this is the first of six trials resulting from gang related shootings occurring during a 30 day period in the fall of 2007.

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