by Michael Stafford
The rap sheet goes all the way back to 1987 when Vela was charged with aggravated assault.
In 1988, he was sentenced to prison for five years in connection with a murder.
Then in 1991, he violated his parole, and had a similar charge again in 1992.
Skip forward to 1995, police arrested Vela for burglary of a building.
In 1999, he's charged with organized criminal activity, which also resulted in another violation of probation.