He killed a man for dropping out of a gang. Now he'll face life in prison

Frankie Hernandez
Frankie Hernandez Special to The Bee

Gang member Frankie Hernandez, 27, of Tulare was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years to life in prison for murder.

Hernandez was convicted of murdering Isaac Vasquez, 30, in Tulare on Aug. 22, 2013. The Tulare County District Attorney's Office said Vasquez went by the street name of "Bad Boy."

Before Vasquez died, Tulare police said he told them "Frankie" shot him for dropping out of a gang.

Hernandez was convicted Jan. 24 of second-degree murder, with the special allegations of using a gun and committing the murder for the benefit of a criminal street gang. He was sentenced in the Visalia division of Tulare County Superior Court.

Hernandez was also sentenced to an additional four years in prison for a separate first-degree robbery conviction.

Carmen George: 559-441-6386, @CarmenGeorge