Man fatally shot in Chino had dodged Mexican Mafia death sentence for 26 years

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A watchtower at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, the facility where Donald “Little Man” Ortiz first joined the Mexican Mafia.(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

A watchtower at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, the facility where Donald “Little Man” Ortiz first joined the Mexican Mafia.(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

It took 26 years for death to catch up to Donald Ramon Ortiz.

A member of the Mexican Mafia, Ortiz was cast out of the criminal organization in the mid-1990s after angering other members. Ortiz, they decided, should be killed. For the next quarter-century, as he cycled through county jails, state prisons and brief stints on the street, he wore a target on his back.

Ortiz knew he was a marked man. Authorities knew it too. Whenever they discovered a plot to kill Ortiz or he was attacked in prison, they’d offer to protect him. His answer was always the same: I can take care of myself.

Then, last month, a man walked up to Ortiz and fired a bullet into his head, leaving him to die in the street in Chino. He was 59 years old.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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