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Posted on June 15, 2012 | Written By: iadminlaw

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The San Francisco County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against a husband and wife accused of killing their 17-year-old daughter’s pimp.

Laprell Gilton, 38 and Lupe Mercado, 37 tried to persuade their misguided daughter to break ties with Calvin Sneed, a 22-year-old pimp and gang member from Compton.


The Bay Area couple claimed that they sought the help from law enforcement to no avail. They reportedly added their daughter’s name to several missing and exploited children registries.

Prosecutors argue that the couple stalked Sneed before they actually killed him. On the night of May 27, the couple tried to kill him in North Hollywood, but they failed.

The couple succeeded in their second attempt to kill Sneed. The murder took place in San Francisco near Candlestick Park. Sneed was shot to death in his car in the early morning hours of June 4. Gilton fired a round from a .40 caliber gun and murdered him.

Both Gilton and Mercado will be arraigned on June 20. They are currently being held on a $2 million bond. Each faces one count of murder, one count of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle and one count of conspiracy to commit murder.

Gilton, who has been in trouble with the law before, also faces a charge of possessing a firearm as a felon due to a 1995 drug-related conviction.

Gilton and Mercado began dating in middle school. The couple, who have three younger boys, were concerned about their daughter after she left home about a year ago. They found out that their daughter was appearing in escort advertisements and believed that she was working for Sneed.

The couple has a right to be concerned about their daughter and her questionable behavior. Obviously, they messed up when they raised her. That’s probably why she ran away. Had she grown up in a more ideal family environment, she probably would have never even encountered a loser like Sneed in the first place.

The problem is the couple took the law into their own hands and resorted to murder rather than allowing this to unfold in the criminal justice system. Worse still, we only know their side of the story that is based on how they perceive the situation. What about Sneed’s side of the story? How did he perceive the situation? Was he really a pimp? We may never know for sure because dead men tell no tales. Now this girl’s parents face serious prison time for murder if they are convicted.

If someone you love was killed because of negligence, you may want to talk with a personal injury lawyer and file a wrongful death lawsuit. A trained injury lawyer can help you collect compensation for your loss.

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