Oxnard Gang Member Sentenced For Murder And Robberies

Tuesday February 13, 2024

     An Oxnard gang member has been sentenced to 32-years-8-months-to-life-in-prison after he earlier pleaded guilty to second degree murder, three robberies, and one attempted robbery in connection with a violent crime spree more than five years ago.

     Now 24-year-old Osvaldo Hernandez also admitted several special allegations including using a gun to fatally shoot 39-year-old Robert De La Cerda of Oxnard in the 4000 block of South "J" Street in Oxnard on the early morning of June 27, 2018 while attempting that fourth robbery.

     De La Cerda died at the scene.

     Prosecutors say that killing was the end of a violent three hour crime spree by Hernandez involving other robbery victims at three locations around the city.

     Hernandez at one point had been facing special circumstance allegations that might have meant life in prison without parole or the death penalty.

     His decision to plead guilty allowed him to avoid those maximum punishments.