Man receives life sentence for murder he discussed on 'Gangland'

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 3:05pm

A Brown Pride gangster who discussed circumstances of the murder of a rival gangster on national television received a sentence of life in prison for that murder Wednesday afternoon.

Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Cheryl Blackburn sentenced 20-year-old Jonathan Gutierrez to life plus an additional 16 years, four for each of four aggravated assault counts to be served consecutively.

On Jan. 12, a Davidson County jury convicted Gutierrez of premeditated first-degree murder in the August 2007 shooting death of 19-year-old Lucio Garcia.

Gutierrez and other Brown Pride gangsters got into a high-speed car chase with Garcia, who had four juvenile girls in his car at the time, which resulted in the four aggravated assault charges.

That chase ended on a Wedgewood Avenue exit ramp servicing Interstate 65 after Gutierrez, as the jury determined, shot and killed Garcia.

Gutierrez later talked to a reporter for the History Channel’s Gangland television series during an interview for that show.

The jury watched clips from the interview footage during the trial.