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Shootings Send Visalia Gang Member to Prison for at Least 20 Years



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Myles Gonzales, 20, of Visalia will spend the next 20 years — if not the rest of his life — in prison. (Shutterstock)
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Imagine being 20 years old and sentenced to spend at least the next 20 years — if not the rest of your life — in prison.

Myles Gonzales booking photo

Myles Gonzales, 20, received a life sentence on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. (Tulare County DA’s Office)

That’s the reality for gang member Myles Gonzales after his sentencing last week in Tulare County Superior Court for two 2020 Visalia shootings.

Gonzales previously pleaded guilty to a host of felonies stemming from his participation in gang-related shootings at the Little Caesars pizza shop and the Relax Inn.

Victims Recover

Three men were taken to the hospital in the pizza shop shooting but all recovered from their injuries. No one was hurt in the motel shooting.

California’s youthful offender laws require that Gonzales serve at least 20 years of his life sentence before being considered for parole.

Tulare County deputy DA Michael Caldwell prosecuted the case, which was investigated by Visalia PD’s special enforcement unit.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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