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Raymond Daniel Macias appears in a Santa Maria Courtroom Monday for jury selection. He is alleged to be one of the top gang leaders of the Eastside Krazies, and is charged with the kidnapping and torture of a Lompoc man.

Daniel Dreifuss / Santa Maria Times

Raymond Daniel Macias appears in a Santa Maria Courtroom Monday for jury selection. He is alleged to be one of the top gang leaders of the Eastside Krazies, and is charged with the kidnapping and torture of a Lompoc man.


Lompoc Kidnap and Torture Trial to Begin

Surenos Street Gang Members Macias and Almanza in Court


Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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[This story was originally published by the Santa Maria Times and can be found here.]

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of an alleged top gang leader and another gang member in connection with the kidnapping and torture of a Lompoc man over a drug debt.

Authorities allege that Raymond Daniel Macias, known by the gang moniker of “Boxer,” was responsible for the collection of drug sales taxes from street gangs for the Mexican Mafia.

Macias is alleged to be one of the top leaders of the Santa Barbara street gang the Eastside Krazies and a member of the Surenos street gang, according to Lt. Dan Cohen of the Santa Maria Police Department.

Macias is charged with four felony counts: kidnapping for extortion, torture, solicitation of extortion and sale of methamphetamine.

Luis Almanza
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Daniel Dreifuss / Santa Maria Times

Luis Almanza

Luis Alfredo Almanza, 22, who is known by the gang moniker “Lucky” is on trial with Macias and charged with two felony counts: kidnapping for extortion, torture and use of a deadly weapon, a firearm.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Ann Bramsen is prosecuting the case, which originally began with 12 defendants and now is down to just two.

“Everyone else has pled,” Bramsen said.

Originally a narcotics investigation, the case evolved after authorities learned of the Jan. 3 torture and kidnapping of an unidentified man who survived the attack.

The morning portion of the trial was used to hear hardship cases of potential jurors, many of them being allowed to defer serving on the estimated six-week trial due to financial hardship. Afterward, the court clerk called 18 potential jurors’ names, 12 who will be seated as jurors and the remainder who will serve as alternates.

Judge Patricia Kelly was personable and funny as she interacted with the potential jurors and explained that “no Googling” of the case would be allowed during the trial, which made a majority of those present in the courtroom laugh.

The judge went over the charges against both Macias and Almanza stating the crimes were alleged to have occurred in late 2012 to early 2013. Kelly also explained the added gang allegation to the prospective jurors telling them both men had entered pleas of not guilty to all charges and both denied the gang allegation.

Michael Scott, defending Macias, was the first and only attorney to ask questions of the 18 potential jurors. Charles Biely, who is representing Almanza, and Bramsen both will have a chance to do so today.

Jury selection will resume at 1:30 p.m. in Department 8 of the Superior Court in Santa Maria.

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blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
May 13, 2014 at 9:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Authorities allege that Raymond Daniel Macias, known by the gang moniker of “Boxer,” was responsible for the collection of drug sales taxes from street gangs for the Mexican Mafia."

Legalize drugs, this guy is out of a job, Mexican Mafia has no drug sale taxes.

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loonpt (anonymous profile)
May 13, 2014 at 10:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Dude, they just love to terrorize. Even if you legalize the crap, they'll find something else to terrorize people with. All the drug dealing was about was it gave them a reason to be douchebags. Even if you legalized it (which I do hope happens with pot) they'll still find a way of getting in trouble because after all, trouble seems to follow them. What can't you understand about this?

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
May 13, 2014 at 3:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Gangbang is a Career Calling for most, it is the ultimate in Capitalism for the Group (Company) capitalizes on Organized criminal ventures(products; drugs, prostitution of loved ones, extortion, murder, robbery etc) to generate an income of Power and prestige.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2014 at 5:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

My view is that grouping illegal activities, such as drugs, theft, prostitution, murder, etc is a costly mistake. It causes unwarranted discriminatory attitudes among people and influences young people to become the stereotype. It's just as characterizing a pot smoker or heroine addict or meth person. Doing this gives youth who may have taken up one or the other the feeling that they belong outside the law and begin to consciously lean in that direction.

Terrorization however is personal and indicates a serious flaw in character and does permanent damage to a victim. Law enforcement, this particular type of "crime" should be your focus. Do it without alienating the youth and more other progressives of society. Help build a loving society. Do not stereotype. Do not feed a war against good people. It is obvious that this concept has escaped the law enforcement process in the USA. That is why we are jailing the largest percentage of our country than any other country in the world.... while running the rest of us into the poorhouse.

If and individual is indeed guilty of torture and terrorism, I don't think the rest of us ever want to see them again.

jazzifier (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2014 at 11:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

At least these little gangpukes are dressed for the prison dance. All they need is a mop head and they're good to go. For life. Hopefully.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2014 at 1:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why is that coke-head Scott STILL practicing law? Guess he works cheap.

Walter (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2014 at 2:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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