Death Sentences of Gang Member Converted to Life
Posted September 15, 2007 4:00 p.m. EDT
Fayetteville, N.C. — A Cumberland County gang member convicted of killing two women and nearly taking the life of a third has had his death sentences converted to life without parole.
In 2002, Francisco "Paco" Tirado was found guilty and sentenced to death for the murders of Tracy Lambert and Susan Moore. A third victim, Debra Cheeseborough, was abducted and shot but survived. Police said the women were chosen at random and shot as part of a Crips gang initiation.
Tirado's death sentences were converted Thursday because of a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Tirado was 17 at the time of the murders and too young for a death sentence under the ruling.