Alleged gang member sentenced for 2018 SF murder

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A man who authorities say was part of a San Francisco street gang was sentenced last week for his murder in 2018. 

According to the Northern District of California’s Attorney’s Office, Jose Aguilar, 34, of San Francisco was sentenced to 22 years. 

Aguilar, also known as “Slim,” and Jonathan Escobar, known as “Wicked” and “Rico,” were convicted of using a gun to murder on August 11, 2018. 

According to an indictment filed in 2021, the murder was premeditated and deliberate, making it a first-degree murder.

The indictment stated that Aguilar and Escobar were both gang members of the “19th Street/16th Street Sureños.” The gang was formed after the unity of two gangs and controlled the Mission District and Dolores Park. 

NDCA said the gang sold drugs, committed robberies, and carried out violent crimes. 

“Our communities have the right to be safe and not succumb to senseless violence. I am proud of the dedicated agents who have duly executed their duties in our collective pursuit of law, order and justice,” said Special Agent in Charge King in 2021, who as of that time oversaw Homeland Security Investigations in Northern California.

Escobar was sentenced to 26 years in prison earlier this summer.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.