SANTA ANA – A former Santa Ana gang member convicted of murder for the drive-by shootings of two teens returning home from a church carnival in 1987 is scheduled to go before a parole board Tuesday morning.
Patrick Che McCauley was 19 years old when he and two other gang members were arrested for the shotgun slayings of Enrique Arceo, 13, and Jesus Perez, 17, in Santa Ana on Oct. 30, 1987.
McCauley, now 44, was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and other charges and was sentenced in February 1992 to 37 years to life in state prison. His minimum eligible parole date is May 1, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, which will argue against McCauley’s release.
Among other reasons, the D.A. opposes McCauley’s parole for “recently accrued prison rules violations that include possession of a controlled substance for distribution, inappropriate sexual behavior, job-related theft, out of bounds, misuse of inmate telephones, possession of inmate manufactured alcohol, participation in a riot, and avoiding attendance at work,” according to a news release from the D.A.’s office.
McCauley was driving around Santa Ana looking for gang members to shoot in retaliation for an ongoing rivalry when a fellow gang member, Mario Tirado, who was sitting in the passenger seat, gunned down Arceo and Perez as they were heading home on bicycles from the church carnival, according to prosecutors.
McCauley is being held at California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo. The hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the prison before the Board of Parole Hearings, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Deputy District Attorney Marc Labreche will appear at the hearing to oppose McCauley’s parole.