Two men admit to gang vandalism attack By

SOLANA BEACH — Two men pleaded guilty Feb. 11 to vandalizing a vehicle during a retaliatory gang attack. Armando Palacios, 21, and Jesus Novoa Jr., 23, pleaded guilty to one count each of felony vandalism. While not a documented gang member, Palacios also admitted an allegation that the crime was committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang. Prosecutors allege Palacios drove Novoa, a documented Encinitas gang member, and four other men in December to Solana Beach to vandalize a vehicle they mistook for a rival gang members. In lieu of his plea, Palacios faces up to 180 days in jail, while Novoa will likely be placed on probation and have to serve 20 hours of community service, Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens said following the brief hearing. Both men are scheduled to be sentence later this spring. Three other suspects in the case were charged with misdemeanor vandalism counts. Two of the men have pleaded guilty to the charges, while the third suspect is awaiting trial.


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