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Louis Amela

Louis Amela

On March 31, 2015, 17-year old Andrew Cachu shot Louis Amela in the back as Louis tried to stop another man trying to steal his bike.  The defendant was charged in adult court, and a jury convicted defendant of first-degree murder and second-degree robbery and also found the gun and gang allegations true.  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 Cachu, now 24, stay in juvenile court where he was released after just 6 years in custody.