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By Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
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Posted: 08/01/2013 07:48:54 PM PDT

A jury has awarded a San Bernardino man marked for death by two San Manuel tribal members and the Mexican Mafia more than $4.5 million, according to court records.

Leonard Epps, 43, sued San Manuel tribal members Stacy Barajas-Nunez, 30, and her brother Erik Barajas, 40, in 2008 after the siblings solicited high-ranking members of the Mexican Mafia to kill him, according to police and court records. The case has wound its way through court over the last five years and has been reassigned to five different judges.

Epps maintains he needs 24-7 protection, had to relocate and can no longer work because the Mexican Mafia has put a hit out on him, referred to in gang terminology as a “green light,” which never sunsets.

The Barajases commissioned the hit on Epps’ life following a confrontation Epps had with Erik Barajas at the Brass Key bar in Highland in 2006. The bar was then owned by tribal member Gregg Duro.

Barajas-Nunez pleaded guilty in April 2008 to attempted murder with a gang enhancement, transportation of a controlled substance for sale and possession of drugs in jail. Her brother pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon with a gang enhancement.

Barajas-Nunez is serving a 17-year prison sentence and Erik Barajas was sentenced to electronic monitoring and five years supervised probation.

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