LOS ANGELES — A gang member convicted of murdering two men at the Moose Lodge in Sunset Park, as well as three others during a crime spree that lasted roughly 3 1/2 years, was sentenced Friday to five life prison terms without the possibility of parole, authorities said.

William Vasquez, 31, was also ordered to serve an additional 156 years to life behind bars, the judge saying he wanted to give the defendant “as much time as the law allows,” according to published reports.

Vasquez was convicted of first degree murder for the Jan. 27, 2002, killing of Alex Haro; the Dec. 3, 2003, slaying of Kevin Walton; the March 5, 2005, killings of Jonathan Hernandez and Hector Bonilla (Moose Lodge); and the Sept. 24, 2005, shooting death of Jesse Becerra.

He was also found guilty of one count of attempted murder and two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm.

In court Vasquez maintained his innocence.

The jury that convicted Vasquez of the five killings deadlocked on whether to recommend the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A second jury recommended last November that Vasquez be sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murders of Haro and Walton, but deadlocked on whether to recommend that he be sentenced to death or spend his life behind bars for the other three killings.

Prosecutors opted not to seek a third penalty phase trial, meaning that Vasquez would automatically be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murders of Hernandez, Bonilla and Becerra.

Two other men, Jose Mojarro and Erick Nunez, were convicted in March 2009 of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of Hernandez and Bonilla during a private party at the Moose Lodge. They were sentenced

to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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