A Fresno Bulldog gang member facing a life sentence testified Tuesday that he gave his 7-year-old son a gang tattoo at the boy's insistence -- but immediately regretted the decision.
Acknowledging that he was irresponsible to let a friend ink the quarter-sized dog paw on his son's hip, Enrique Gonzalez told a Fresno County Superior Court jury that the boy admired him and wanted a tattoo like one on his shoulder.
"I let my pride get the best of me," he said.
Gonzalez's emotional testimony wrapped up his defense against felony charges that he and fellow gang member Travis Gorman, 22, committed aggravated mayhem and willful cruelty for the incident, which occurred during Easter break 2009.
Both sides will give closing arguments today.
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