The second of four Slangaz 96 gang members was recently sentenced to more than 100 years in prison in a Fort Smith shooting death.
Alberto Damien Chavez, 19, was sentenced in Sebastian County Court last week to 110 years in state prison for first-degree murder and terroristic acts committed Jan. 14. More than 30 bullets were fired into a camper trailer in the 2300 block of North Ninth Street, killing 18-year-old Justin Lopez and injuring another man.
Bryan Porras, 19, one of three men and a juvenile who was also charged with first-degree murder and terrorist acts for the shooting death, was sentenced to 107 years in prison in mid-November.
Sebastian County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Scott Houston was able to present unsealed documents to the jury that showed Chavez was adjudicated delinquent in 2015 when he was 16 for offenses of first-degree battery and manslaughter. Chavez “could have been tried as an adult,” the brief to unseal his juvenile record states. Chavez was born Aug. 7, 1998.
According to the original affidavit for probable cause in the Lopez murder case, “a list of people who had disrespected the gang Slanga 96” was found among the weapons used to kill Lopez. Social media sites have the gang name spelled as “$langaz96."
Trials for Ryan Saige Oxford, 20, and Jorge Andres Chirinos, 17, are scheduled to occur at the Sebastian County Courts Building in Fort Smith on Dec. 18 and Jan. 8, respectively. Chirinos, born Feb. 26, 2000, was 16 when the shooting occurred. He has been held at the Sebastian County Juvenile Detention Center.
Two days after the shooting in January, Oxford turned 20. His plea inquiry is set for 1:30 p.m. today.
In the search warrant for Oxford's apartment at 209 Lecta Ave., Fort Smith Criminal Investigations Division Officer Billy Hardin notes the shooting was prompted by an "ongoing dispute" with another local gang called the Clout Boys. An AK-47 and an AR-15 were used in the shooting, the search warrant states. The serial numbers on the AK-47 and the AR-15 showed them to have been purchased by Oxford at his place of employment, Midland Pawn in Fort Smith. Robert Fenwick, owner of Midland Pawn, told officers Oxford had purchased five guns from the store, including the AK-47 and AR-15.
"Following the shooting, all four individuals drove to the residence of Bryan Porras at 220 May Ave. No. 7, Fort Smith, Arkansas," Hardin writes in the search warrant. "While at that residence, the individuals unloaded the firearms used in the shooting. Oxford took an AK-47, which is one of the rifles used in the shooting, and went to his residence. Porras then took Chavez and Chirinos to their homes, and then returned to his residence."
The AR-15 was found when police searched Porras' residence. The AK-47 was obtained from Oxford's apartment after his mother denied consent to search the residence, but gave officers permission to step inside and retrieve the gun. Chirinos told police in a Jan. 17 interview that he had previously seen the AR-15 in question in Oxford's bedroom.
"Witnesses stated that they saw Ryan Oxford wearing a purple bandana on the night of the shooting," the warrant for Oxford's resident adds. "Purple is the color associated with the (Slangaz 96) gang. Ryan Oxford was questioned about his bandana and he told officers that he got rid of it."