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Two gang members get life terms for shooting a man and trying to run down pursuing officer

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CHULA VISTA (CNS) - Life sentences were handed down Tuesday for two gang members who shot and wounded a man outside a South Bay bar, then ran down the Chula Vista police officer who was pursuing them.

James Martinez, 21, was sentenced to 98 years to life behind bars and Sean Darby O'Neill, 23, was sentenced to 44 years to life in prison.

Both defendants were convicted in July of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, use of a firearm, personal infliction of great bodily injury, threatening an officer with force and driving with a wanton disregard for safety while fleeing an officer.

Jurors also found true an allegation that the crimes were committed for the benefit of a street gang.

Martinez also has a carjacking conviction from 2008.

On April 23, 2011, Martinez and O'Neill issued a gang challenge to a man outside Wild Wooly's bar and shot the victim twice in the chest and once in the leg and side, authorities said.

Immediately after the shooting, Chula Vista police Officer Ricardo Cruz began a high-speed pursuit of a vehicle driven by Martinez. The chase ended in a cul-de-sac, and Cruz ordered Martinez and O'Neill out of the vehicle.

Instead of complying, Martinez gunned the engine and drove directly at Cruz, who suffered a broken foot, concussion and other injuries. Martinez and O'Neill fled the scene and were arrested a few weeks later.

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