Petition Urges District Attorney to Pursue Longer Prison Sentences for Home-Invasion Robbery Suspects

Residents in San Jose's Evergreen neighborhood have launched a petition to get the district attorney to pursue longer prison sentences for two teens arrested in connection to a home-invasion robbery.

The home-invasion robbery on May 8 was captured on surveillance video. The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office said it is charging 16-year-old Alvaro Validivia and 17-year-old Moses Perez Herrera as adults in the alleged crime.

Authorities said felony robbery and burglary charges, plus a gang enhancement could put the pair behind bars for years.

The Friends of Evergreen neighborhood group is circulating the petition, asking residents to sign it and urge the district attorney to pursue even longer sentences.

San Jose-resident Sonia Fanerri-Bruno agrees with the petition.

"They think they can get away with it and do it until they're 18 because they think 'They can't touch me,'" Fanerri-Bruno said.

The district attorney said the teen suspects are expected in court for a hearing on Friday. The district attorney's office is still undecided what level sentence it will pursue in the case, but said a gang enhancement can add 10 years to any sentence.

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