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Woman sentenced to prison for South Bay shootings that killed one, paralyzed another

A 34-year-old woman who pleaded guilty in connection with two South Bay shootings in 2018 that left one man dead and a woman paralyzed was sentenced Thursday to 30 years to life in state prison.

Britney Canal, who admitted to murder and attempted murder, was sentenced for her role in the killing of Mario Serhan, who she and her co-defendants mistakenly believed was an undercover police officer surveilling them in Chula Vista, as well as the shooting of a woman at Sunset Cliffs.

Co-defendant Cesar Alvarado, 43, pleaded guiltyto murder and attempted murder and is expected to be sentenced March 6 to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Another co-defendant, Francisco Aranda, 33, was sentenced earlier this year to five years in state prison for his role in the crimes.

A third defendant, Michael Pedraza, 32, has pleaded not guilty to charges including murder and attempted murder. His next court date is in February.

Prosecutors say Alvarado, Canal and Pedraza were in a car that followed Serhan’s SUV on Industrial Boulevard on the afternoon of April 11, 2018.

Canal was driving the vehicle, which pulled up next to Serhan. Alvarado then shot the victim in the head, prosecutors said.

A woman who was in the backseat of Canal’s vehicle was taken to Sunset Cliffs about 2 a.m. the next day, accused of being a “snitch.” Pedraza then shot her three times, authorities said. The woman was shot in her head and hip. A third bullet went through her neck and struck her spinal cord, paralyzing her.

Several days after Serhan’s killing, the defendants were arrested after a police pursuit that stretched from San Ysidro to National City.

At the time, police and prosecutors said the defendants were involved in a string of other crimes, including another shooting, a kidnapping and multiple robberies.

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