Gang Member Convicted of Murdering Cabrillo High Student During Robbery in 2015

A 22-year-old gang member is scheduled to be sentenced August 8 for the robbery-motivated slaying of a 15-year-old Cabrillo High School student in 2015, a prosecutor said today.

Giovanny Montelongo faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole for stabbing Keshawn Brooks while trying to snatch his backpack on March 12, 2015, across the street from Stephens Middle School in the 2800 block of Santa Fe Avenue. The teen was walking home from high school when he was targeted, authorities said.

Many parents were in the area picking up their children and several good Samaritans, including workers from a local barbershop, tried to help the boy and stayed at his side until paramedics arrived.

Jurors deliberated for less than four hours before finding Montelongo guilty Friday of first-degree murder and second-degree robbery charges. Jurors also found true a special circumstance allegation that the murder was committed in the course of a robbery, together with gang and knife allegations.

The defendant, who is known by the gang moniker “Drowsy,” was arrested within hours of the attack and police said at the time that there were three outstanding arrest warrants for crimes he committed as a juvenile. He has been held without bail since his arrest.

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