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Kern County gang member gets 50 years to life

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A reputed gang member was sentenced Friday to 50 years to life in prison.

The Kern County District Attorney's Office has called the Jamal Epps prosecution a "significant gang case."

A motion for a new trial was also denied Friday.

Epps was found guilty in the Halloween 2012 murder of Terry Ellis on Pacheco Road. The shooting was for the benefit of the East Side Crips, according to the prosecutor's office.

Epps was also found guilty of attempted murder for shooting a different man, who wasn't in a gang, and that man's dog in rival gang territory a week before the Ellis murder. The man survived multiple gunshot wounds. The dog died.

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