A man who fired seven rounds into a car full of teenagers in a drive-by shooting was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Jackson County Circuit Court judge Thursday.

A man who fired seven rounds into a car full of teenagers in a drive-by shooting was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Jackson County Circuit Court judge Thursday.

It was miraculous that none of the six victims was seriously injured or killed as the bullets blasted through the front windshield of the packed vehicle, said Judge Ron Grensky.

"It is a miracle that there isn't somebody dead out of this," said Grensky, adding the phrase, "dodging a bullet" was never more apt.

German "Negro" Reyes-Real, 18, of Talent was sentenced to serve two 10-year prison terms consecutively after a jury found him guilty of two attempted aggravated murder charges in the Feb. 18 shooting near South Medford High School. Reyes-Real was also sentenced to five additional years to be served concurrently for the unlawful use of a firearm, said Tim Barnack, senior deputy district attorney.

Two others who were with Reyes-Real during the shooting, his brother, Gerardo "Compton" Reyes, 20, who drove the car, and Jose "Nephew" Laris, 18, who owned the gun, were each sentenced to two years in prison for their convictions on six counts of third-degree attempted assault and a single count each of recklessly endangering another person, Barnack said.

Grensky said the trio took a weapon and went out that night intending to hurt people.

"In the blink of an eye, people you don't even know could have been wiped off the face of this earth," Grensky said. "There's no courage there. That's cowardice."

All three defendants voiced regret at their actions. Laris apologized specifically to the victims, who were not present in court.

Grensky expressed outrage that the young men hadn't checked to see if anyone had been killed or injured after the shots were fired.

"After your brother popped off seven rounds, why didn't you see if they were OK?" Grensky asked Reyes.

"I was scared," Reyes replied.

During the trial, Reyes-Real admitted firing seven shots into the front windshield of a red Ford Escort driven by Katie "Candy" Comacho. Reyes-Real testified he saw a passenger in a Ford Escort cocking a handgun as they drove alongside the Escort and that he fired in self-defense.

At the sentencing, Bob Abel, Reyes-Real's attorney, asked that the sentences be served concurrently because it was his first criminal offense, and because none of the victims were seriously injured.

"The fact that he's a bad shot doesn't help his case," Grensky replied.

All three defendants also were assigned several years of post-prison supervision and must pay yet-to-be-determined victim restitution. They will each get credit for time served, he ruled.

"I know these are harsh sentences, but these are harsh acts," Grensky said.

During a four-day trial that began Aug. 6, Comacho testified that she and her five passengers were headed west on Monroe Street near South Medford High School at about 10:30 p.m. Feb. 18 when they were confronted by the defendants in a light brown Mercury Marquis. Reyes-Real leaned out the passenger-side window of the sedan and fired numerous shots from a .22-caliber rifle into the car carrying four teenage girls and two young men, she said.

Barnack said in closing arguments that the men were "out hunting" Comacho and her passengers, who they believed were members of the Norteños gang. Reyes-Real was a member of the Sureños gang.

Barnack said he was pleased with the sentence given Reyes-Real.

"But truly I believe all three should have been found guilty of attempted aggravated murder," Barnack said.

Before pronouncing his sentence, Grensky asked Reyes-Real, the only defendant who admitted to his gang affiliation, what he got out of being a member of the Sureños.

"You don't get nothing," Reyes-Real replied.

Medford police Detective Tony Young said he hopes that message will resonate within the community and that people will understand gang violence will not be tolerated.

"I think the judge sent a message with this verdict," said Young. "Read between the lines. (Reyes-Real) lost the best years of his life over a stupid act."

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 776-4497 or e-mail sspecht@mailtribune.com.