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Gangster gets 135 years in prison for deadly crime spree

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Eric Castilleja is sentenced Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, to 135 years in prison for a series of deadly robberies in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A gangster was sentenced Thursday to 135 years in prison for his part in a deadly crime spree.

Eric Castilleja and Luis Gonzalez carried out a string of armed robberies in September 2012. Two of the robberies turned deadly, and police said at the time that they believed the victims were randomly chosen.

Castilleja was sentenced Thursday in Kern County court on five felony convictions, which did not include murder.

He was found guilty of attempted murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle, second-degree robbery and participating in a criminal street gang.

Gonzalez was sentenced this September to 34 years in prison.

Raul Alonso Morales, 36, and Torik Ezell James, 33, were killed in the robberies.