Stockton - Last week, the third defendant arrested in connection with two attempted murder cases and gang firearm violence was sentenced to state prison. These arrests were made possible by the successful digital investigation conducted by the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office Violent Criminal Enterprise Unit and the Stockton Police Department.
On February 22, 2020, Asian Boyz criminal street gang member Lawrence Carolino waited at the victim's residence until the victim returned home from a rap concert in a different county. When he arrived home, Carolino pulled into the driveway behind the victim's vehicle and shot 22 rounds at the victim's car, 17 of those shots striking inside the vehicle. Fortunately, the victim was uninjured during the attack. On April 19, 2020, defendant Lawrence Carolino, along with Amanda Arcaina and Larrissa Galvez-Constancio, coordinated efforts to contact another victim at her residence. Unbeknownst to the victim, the defendants were waiting around the corner from her residence in two vehicles. They chased the victim in a high-speed chase around Stockton, while attempting to run the victim off the road many times. Finally, the defendants boxed the victim's car in and Carolino's passenger fired multiple shots at the victim's car. The victim was shot in her leg, another passenger narrowly missed being shot in the torso.
On January 7, 2021, defendant Larrissa Galvez-Constancio was sentenced to ten months in county jail as an accessory to a felony after the fact. On April 5, 2021, defendant Amanda Arcaina was sentenced to five years state prison for attempted murder. On June 17, 2021, defendant Lawrence Carolino was sentenced to fifteen years in state prison for attempted murder, along with a of weapons charges. All three defendants must register as criminal street gang participants as a condition of their pleas.
"Using the latest technology, we are able to arrest and prosecute key players in organized crime," said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. "Thankfully, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors fully support the office's mission and commitment to public safety. Yesterday, the Board approved the new positions within our organized crime unit which is solely dedicated to these types of investigations. Congratulations to the Violent Criminal Enterprise Unit on a job well done."
The San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office appreciates the diligent work of Deputy District Attorney Christopher Chiaramonte in prosecuting these serious cases, as well as Stockton Police Department's Gang Violence Suppression Unit, especially Detective Paul Gutierrez, assisted by Detectives Adrianna Arista, Patrick Kestler, and Antoinette Lizardo. We further thank the California Department of Justice Bureau of Investigations Special Operations Unit for their experience and efforts to combat gang-related firearms violence in this community. To learn more about the crime units and what cases they prosecute within the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office, visit the Crime Units section of our web page.