Thirteen OC Jail Inmates Charged with Attempting to Kill DUI Suspect

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SANTA ANA (CNS) - A 31-year-old Orange County jail inmate pleaded not guilty Wednesday for his alleged role in the beating of a drunken-driving suspect, in an attack that allegedly involved 13 assailants and left the victim comatose.

Jonathan Arley Gonzalez-Sanchez pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, attempted murder, torture, kidnapping and participation in gang activity, all felonies, and denied sentencing enhancements for gang activity and causing great bodily injury.

Twelve other defendants in the case pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

The other defendants are:

-- Luis Carrera, 40;

-- Jesus Jurado, 29;

-- Sean Stanford, 31;

-- Xavier Rangel, 29;

-- Brandon Hernandez, 27;

-- Hector Rodriguez, 27;

-- Mario Allen, 21;

-- Jesus Merino Carrera, 29;

-- Jesus Mendoza Voguel, 32;

-- Evelio Justiz, 50;

-- Marco Decastilla, 26; and

-- Henry Portillo, 20.

The 13 inmates are accused of beating 44-year-old Emilio Rosalesoseguera on Jan. 11, according to the criminal complaint, which alleges the attack was carried out on behalf of the Mexican Mafia.

The victim was jailed for allegedly driving drunk in Anaheim on Jan. 7, according to court records. He was arrested by the California Highway Patrol, and, according to the criminal complaint, he has three prior DUIs in San Bernardino County. Rosalesoseguera is accused of driving with a 0.20 blood- alcohol content.

The victim was charged with DUI on Jan. 10 when he pleaded not guilty. He was next due in court Thursday for a pretrial hearing.

A source close to the case said the beating took place over 45 minutes in the jail.

Orange County sheriff's officials referred calls for information to prosecutors, who declined to comment and referred a reporter to sheriff's officials.

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