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Kevin Orellana

On April 24, 2013, brothers Anthony and Michael Carpio attacked 18-year old Kevin Orellana who was at the handball courts on the campus of Cleveland High School in Reseda.  Michael started the fight, but Anthony pulled a knife and stabbed Orellana 10 times in the head, neck, and left and right torso.  Anthony Carpio, who was 16, was charged in adult court.  A jury convicted both defendants of second degree murder with a gang allegation.  Proposition 57, enacted by the voters in 2016, changed the law to allow the prosecutor to make a motion to transfer a minor to criminal court but required that a judge make the final decision.  Gascon’s blanket Youth Justice Policy, however, mandated that Anthony Carpio’s case remain in juvenile court resulting in his release from custody.