STOCKTON, CA - On Monday, November 20, 2017, Valentin Vivero, 27, was sentenced to 176 years 8 months to life in state prison.
On March 24, 2017, Vivero was convicted by a jury of murder in the first degree, four counts of premeditated attempted murder and shooting at an occupied dwelling. The jury also found true both gun and gang enhancements.
On July 13th, 2015, Vivero and several unknown individuals shot a total of 58 rounds of ammunition from high powered rifles at a large group of rival gang members that were having a party in the 400 block of McCloud Avenue in central Stockton. Five people were shot, including Ray Ortega, 41, who died from his injuries. Ortega was documented member of the South Side Stocktone gang.
Vivero was arrested in September 2015, as the result of a 3-month investigation led by the Stockton Police Department's Gang Violence Suppression Unit, in cooperation with the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office, California Department of Justice, Office of Correctional Safety (CDCR), Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office. This operation resulted in 76 arrests, including eight individuals believed to be leaders of the rival South Side Stocktones and the Triple Six Gangsters. Vivero is a documented gang member of the Triple Six Gangsters.
The San Joaquin County District Attorney's office is committed to delivering justice for victims of gang violence, and will continue to work collaboratively with local law enforcement and other stakeholder agencies to ensure that violent offenders are held accountable.