A convicted murderer and known gang member has vowed in a leaked phone call to get woke Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon’s name tattooed to his face after his charges were greatly reduced.
Luis Angel Hernandez, who is currently serving time for shooting and killing a delivery person for a marijuana delivery service during an armed robbery in 2018, had faced sentencing enhancements which would have added to his prison sentence.
But when Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon took office in 2020, he implemented a directive barring prosecutors from applying these enhancements in nearly all cases, no matter the circumstances – and all of the sentencing enhancements lobbied against Hernandez were dropped.
In a leaked phone call from prison exclusively obtained by FOX News, Hernandez could be heard praising Gascon for the change, saying: ‘I’m going to get that n*****’s name on my face. That’s a champ right there.
‘F****** Gascon,’ Hernandez could be heard saying in the audio, which was featured in a Tucker Carlson series about the rising crime in the City of Angels. ‘That’s the n***** right there, bro. He’s making historic changes for all of us, bro.’
Luis Angel Hernandez, who is currently serving time for shooting and killing a delivery person for a marijuana delivery in 2018, had faced sentencing enhancements which would have added to his prison sentence – but they were overturned under woke District Attorney George Gascon’s policies
He said in a leaked phone recording obtained by FOX News he plans to get Gascon’s name tattooed to his face
Hernandez had originally faced sentencing enhancements for being a gang member, using a firearm in the commission of a crime and for the ‘special circumstance’ of committing murder during an armed robbery for the 2018 incident.
‘This s*** looking real good,’ Hernandez says, noting: ‘Now we got a new DA in LA so they’re going to drop a gang of, um, like my gun enhancement, my gang enhancement.
‘My gang enhancement is 10 years, fool, for being a gang member,’ he says. ‘And then the gun in the commission of a crime.
‘I’m just grateful, fool. Like I got good news off that s***.
‘They’re like “You coming home, blood.” They already told me, my lawyer told me “You’re coming home,’ Hernandez says. It is unclear who he is speaking to.
He initially faced life in prison without parole, FOX News reports, which has also been barred by Gascon’s woke directives to prosecutors, and is now eligible for youthful offender parole – which would limit his time in prison to just 25 years.
It is unclear how old Hernandez was when he committed the murder, which he has pleaded guilty to. DailyMail.com has reached out to the Los Angeles Police Department for more information.
But Hernandez is not the only convicted criminal who has praised Gascon’s woke policies in recent months.
In February, FOX News obtained and published audio of a convicted transgender sex offender named Hannah Tubbs gloating about the light punishment she received after she was convicted of sexually assaulting a minor at a Denny’s restaurant.
Tubbs, who was born James Tubbs, was a minor at the time, and under Gascon’s policy of never transferring minors to adult court, Tubbs received a two-year sentence – and was placed in a juvenile facility for women.
And in another leaked video obtained by FOX, convicted murderer Phillip Dorsett was seen drinking prison moonshine and toasting the woke district attorney.
‘Right here with my cellie,’ he says in the video. ‘Some white lightning, a little cup, boom. Celebrating us going home on this Gascon directive. Whoop.’
Dorsett is serving a 40-year prison sentence for the 2005 execution-style murder of a rival gang member, FOX reports.
Gascon (pictured) came into office in the heavily Democrat city in December 2020 and immediately embarked on a progressive justice reform agenda
Another convict, Hannah Tubbs, formerly known as James, 26, (pictured in 2014) was sentenced to two years in a juvenile facility for assaulting a 10-year-old girl in a Denny’s bathroom in 2014
Gascon, a 67-year-old former assistant chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, took over as district attorney in the heavily Democrat city in December 2020 and immediately embarked on a progressive justice reform agenda.
He has been vocal about his belief that the criminal justice system needs to focus more on intervention and rehabilitation, blasting ‘tough on crime’ policies as racist and a failure.
And following his first 100 days in office, he touted the changes he has made to the city’s justice system – including limiting the use of sentencing enhancements like the ones lobbied against Hernandez.
The California penal code has more than 100 enhancements that could add time to a convict’s sentence depending on the situation, most of which date back to when California was facing soaring crime in the 1980s and 1990s.
But under Gascon’s reign, the use of those enhancements have been greatly reduced, with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office 5,138 enhancements during his first three months – a 71 percent drop when compared to the same time the year before, when former District Attorney Jackie Lacey was in power, according to LAist.
Under Lacey, prosecutors filed 715 gun enhancements between December 2019 and February 2020 under the state’s ’10-20-Life’ law, which adds 10 years to a sentence if you use a gun during the commission of a robbery or any other crime.
The law also adds 20 years if the suspect discharges the gun, and 25 years if they wound someone in the process.
In Gascon’s first three months in office, however, prosecutors filed only 106 gun enhancements – an 85 percent decrease.
Without these enhancements, Gascon projected at a news conference last March that criminal defendants charged in his first three months in office could spend at least 8,172 fewer years in prison – though he noted it could be much higher.
He touted that as progress at the news conference, saying: ‘There generally is no correlation between the length of a sentence and the likelihood that someone will not commit crimes.’
He has also enacted new bail reform laws that allow repeated offenders to be released back into society without facing severe or lengthy punishment for their crimes.
And in December, Gascon expanded a program to drop criminal proceedings against juveniles charged with a range of felonies under a ‘restorative justice’ approach, which focuses on mediation between the offender and the victim.
Eligible candidates for the REDY program could avoid criminal charges if they participate in programs to ‘address the underlying issues that contribute to criminal behavior, such as mental health needs or substance use,’ the DA’s office said at the time.
It seeks to ‘expand opportunities for young people to be connected with services that support their development while offering opportunities to take accountability for their actions through a process that also supports those who have been hurt and their needs.’
Gascon claimed in a statement that the program ‘will help repair the immense harm that criminal behavior inflicts on our community by giving crime victims the opportunity to actively participate in the restorative justice process.’
Violent crimes are up 7 percent so far in 2022 when compared to the same time period in 2021
But according to Los Angeles Police Department statistics, violent crimes are up 7 percent so far in 2022 when compared to the same time period the year before, with robberies up 17.7 percent and aggravated assaults up 4.4 percent.
Burglaries are also up 4.7 percent compared to the same time period last year, and motor vehicle thefts are up 9.1 percent.
Gascon has since released a PSA teaching residents how to lock their cars to avoid having them stolen, and in March the Los Angeles Police Department warned residents not to wear their pricey jewelry after people had their watches and jewelry snatched straight from their bodies by brazen thieves.
‘Over the last year there has been a marked increase of armed robberies involving victims wearing expensive jewelry while in public. If it is visible, it can be a target,’ the LAPD statement said last month.
The warning was met with incredulity from some, who asked why the police force isn’t doing more to round up thieves.
‘So we’re supposed to give up everything, because they allow these criminals to walk the streets, instead of putting them in prison, where they belong?’ one critic said.
‘What’s wrong with this picture?’ another asked.
Matthew Adams, 18, was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department on March 31 at a traffic stop. He is being charged with seven counts of robbery and two gun enhancements, according to police, and could face up to more than 20 years in jail if found guilty. He was released from jail four times this year due to the city’s lax bail laws
Adams is seen as the main suspect of several other robberies taking place all across L.A. with most of them taking place in Hollywood, between January and March of this year. Two robberies were also reported in Burbank and in the neighborhood of West L.A.
At least some of the crimes in the city are being committed by repeat offenders, officials claim.
LAPD Capt. Jonathan Tippet said at a news conference he is ‘absolutely frustrated’ over an uptick in robberies – in part because some of the jailed suspects are getting released and reoffending while awaiting trial due to the city’s lax bail laws
Last month, LAPD Capt. Jonathan Tippet said at a news conference he is ‘absolutely frustrated’ over an uptick in robberies – in part because some of the jailed suspects are getting released and reoffending while awaiting trial due to the city’s lax bail laws.
In March, he said, three men in the city were arrested as suspects in armed follow-home robberies that began in January – including one was involved in eight separate follow-off robberies over a sixth-month period starting last fall, during which he was released seven times due to the city’s lax criminal policies.
Matthew Adams, 18, was arrested for a seventh time in 2022 on March 31, accused of attacking two UCLA students outside one of the university’s dorms, and taking their expensive watches as well as an iPhone, adding up to more than $145,000 in goods, a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) statement confirmed.
Adams also is being linked to at least four other follow-home-style robberies in Hollywood, Burbank and West L.A.
The three are accused of identifying victims wearing expensive items and following them from a public location to a more private one, where they’d mug the targets. Ideal spots included upscale restaurants, and clubs in the Hollywood area. Victims would be tracked back to their apartments or hotels, police said.
The two other men, Eric Wilson and Jayon Sparks, also were arrested in connection with the robberies, police said.
Efforts are now underway to oust Gascon, with more than 600 deputy district attorneys throughout LA County endorsing his recall during an Association of Deputy District Attorneys (ADDA) meeting.
Two prosecutors – Maria Ramirez and Victor Rodriguez – have also said they are suing their boss after they claim they were demoted for making complaints about his policies, according to Fox News.
THE ‘SOFT ON CRIME’ LA D.A.
The Los Angeles’s district attorney, George Gascon has been criticized for his liberal approach to crime.
He came to office with promises of sweeping criminal justice reforms that critics say put the interests of criminals before the safety of the community,
There have been numerous instanced where his ‘soft on crime’ approach has led to terrible consequences for the victims of crime.
Brianna Kupfer, 24, was murdered in January at a Los Angeles furniture store where she was working.
Her alleged killer Shawn Laval Smith, 31, was tracked down in Pasadena a day after the Los Angeles Police Department named him as the top suspect in the random, unprovoked slaying.
Smith – who reportedly has a rap sheet spanning two coasts – was out on bail when he allegedly stabbed Kupfer to death.
One week before the killing, Smith was arrested and charged with violent crimes in at least three states.
At the time of Kupfer’s murder, he was free on a $50,000 bond after allegedly firing a weapon toward an occupied vehicle in Charleston, South Carolina, in November 2019.
Jonathan Hatami, a veteran Los Angeles County prosecutor who has been an outspoken critic of Gascon and even sued him for retaliation last year, hit out at his boss in the wake of Kupfer’s killing,
He argued that his progressive policies are failing the community, and that he deserves to be voted out, along with other ‘woke’ DAs in cities with rising crime rates.
‘So now you have a large group of people who are out of custody, who are committing thefts, who are addicted to drugs… who are not being held accountable for their actions,’ he said. ‘And now they’re preying on innocent individuals.’
The city has also suffered a shocking wave of follow-home robberies and organized smash-and-grab attacks on retailers.
Brianna Kupfer, 24, was stabbed to death in a random attack while she was working alone in a luxury furniture store in Los Angeles. Shawn Laval Smith, 31, was out on bail at the time of the alleged attack
In another incident highlighting Gascon’s ‘soft’ policies, last month, transgender pedophile Hannah Tubbs was caught bragging about her light sentence in a juvenile facility.
Tubbs was sentenced to two years in jail for molesting a 10-year-old girl inside a restaurant bathroom.
After the top prosecutor became aware of troubling comments Tubbs made in jail – including that she wouldn’t have to register as a sex offender and that ‘nothing’ would be done to punish her – Gascon said he’s rethinking his approach.
‘It’s unfortunate that she gamed the system,’ Gascon told the Los Angeles Times. ‘If I had to do it all over again, she would be prosecuted in adult court.’
However, his critics say his apparent remorse is just a public stunt as recall efforts against him grow.
Tubbs was 17 when she committed the assault.
Tubbs also made crude and disparaging comments about the child she had abuse. She’s pictured in surveillance photos leaving the
Before she was sentenced, prosecutors had pushed for her to stay in a Los Angeles County Jail and be tried as an adult but Gascón declined to file a motion to move the case out of juvenile court, where it was filed because of Tubbs’ age at the time of offense.
The recording indicated that Tubbs also made crude and disparaging comments about the child she had abused, jokingly talking about her sexual attraction for the 10-year-old.
The DA has admitted that Tubbs may have been given too lenient of a sentence after he refused to prosecute her as an adult for the crime that she committed as a male juvenile.
However, his critics said he knew about the recordings well before they were publicly released and that he didn’t take them seriously until they started making him look bad.
The convict, who now goes by the name Hannah Tubbs, was 17 when she committed the crime. While serving time in a juvenile time, she bragged about not having to register as a sex offender
In another instance, Gascon is seeking to commute the death penalty sentence of a career criminal who kidnapped, robbed and shot ‘execution-style’ a father-of-three in 1992.
Scott Collins, 21, kidnapped and killed Rose in 1992. Collins (pictured in 2007) used Rose’s debit card to withdraw $200, shot him in the head and dumped his body in North Hollywood, where he was later found by a jogger
Scott Forrest Collins, now 51, kidnapped 41-year-old Fred Rose and held him at gunpoint as he left his work office in Palmdale for a lunch break three decades ago.
Collins used Rose’s debit card to withdraw $200, shot him in the head and dumped his body in North Hollywood, where he was later found by a jogger.
Rose died a day later at a hospital, and Collins went on to use Rose’s car to participate in a gang-related shooting before crashing and being arrested and charged with murder.
Now Gascon, a fierce opponent of the death penalty, who is also facing a second recall attempt from opponents who have criticized his soft-on-crime approach, is seeking to reduce Collins’ sentence from the death penalty to life without the possibility of parole.
Rose’s family claims they were blind-sided by Gascon’s push and accused the embattled prosecutor of ‘fighting for the murderer.’
Gascon’s office argues that Collins’ good behavior, lack of ‘serious rule violations in more than 20 years’, and the fact that his crime only had ‘one victim,’ should grant him the opportunity to avoid the death penalty.
Last month, Gascon backtracked on some of his most controversial policies, including not pursuing sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole, and not prosecuting juveniles accused of serious offenses as adults.
Gascon’s sudden change of heart comes as he faces a second recall effort organized by his critics, who contend that his woke policies are to blame for Los Angeles’ rising crime rates.
Fred Rose, 41, was robbed and killed in 1992. Now his killer might have his death penalty sentence commuted. Above, Rose with his wife and children, Julian. Amy and Heather