LANCASTER – Two brothers were sentenced Friday for the 2013 murder of a 7-year-old girl during a car-to-car shooting in Palmdale.
Lancaster Superior Court Judge Eric Harmon ordered Jesus Alberto Peralta, 24, to serve 125 years to life in prison and imposed a 46-year to life sentence on his brother, 21-year-old Carlos Peralta.
The two men, both of Palmdale, were convicted June 23 of one count each of first-degree murder and shooting at an occupied motor vehicle, along with three counts of attempted murder. Jurors also found true gun allegations.
The confrontation that triggered the deadly shooting began around 12:40 a.m. Sept. 4, 2013, at a gas station near Fort Tejon Road and Pearblossom Highway – an area commonly referred to as “Four Points,” according to Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Chung.
The Peralta brothers issued a gang challenge to a man, and following a brief confrontation, the man drove away from the scene with his girlfriend and her two children, according to court testimony. The brothers got in a vehicle, pursued the family through residential streets in Palmdale and fired several rounds at the family’s car, according to court testimony.
Desirae Macias was shot in the head and died four days later after being taken off life support.
Editor’s note: The coroner’s office had the girl’s name listed as Desirae Macias, while the District Attorney’s Office has it listed as Desiree Ybarra. A previous version of this story had incorrect sentencing terms. Jesus Alberto Peralta was sentenced to 125 years to life and Carlos Peralta was sentenced to 46 years to life in prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
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