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4 Tucson men plead guilty in connection to 2018 drive-by shootings
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4 Tucson men plead guilty in connection to 2018 drive-by shootings

Suspects in multiple alleged drive by shootings

There were four suspects involved in multiple drive by shootings in Tucson in 2018.

Four Tucson men pleaded guilty to charges connected to their participation as gang members in several drive-by shootings in December 2018, officials said.

Marc Anthony Hatter, 19, Erubiel Alexis Bojorquez, 19, Isaiah Nikko Meza, 19, and Israel Xavier Meza, 17, were all involved in the gang-related shootings in 2018.

Officials investigated four different shootings, each allegedly involving at least one of the men shooting intoTucson homes, some of which were occupied. One of the shootings involved a 16-year-old boy being severely injured when "his finger was nearly shot off," according to Star archives.

Investigators believe the men committed the crimes to further promote their alleged involvement in the Tucson-based "Get Money Gang."

Hatter was sentenced to 10 years after pleading guilty to six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and one count each of disorderly conduct with a deadly weapon and illegally conducting an enterprise, according to a news release from the Arizona Attorney General's Office.

Bojorquez was sentenced January 15 to 3.5 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of illegally conducting an enterprise, the news release said.

Isaiah Nikko Meza faces between 5 and 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, the news release said.

Israel Xavier Meza also faces 5 to 13 years after pleading guilty to four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Both men also pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct with a deadly weapon and illegally conducting an enterprise. Their sentencing hearing is March 30.

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms along with the Tucson police and Pima County Sheriff's departments, .

In the first shooting, Hatter and the Meza brothers shot at two homes where they believed two victims who they argued with on Facebook lived, the news release said. The first home was unoccupied but there was a family living in the second home, where a bullet went through a living room window.

Later in December 2018, the Meza brothers show a 16-year-old in the hand during a drive-by that was the result of a gang dispute, the news release said.

In the fourth shooting, officers responded to a home they believe was randomly targeted, where they found three bullets struck a child’s bedroom. Investigators found a video of the shooting on Hatter’s Facebook account.

Contact reporter Stephanie Casanova at scasanova@tucson.com. On Twitter: @CasanovaReports

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