May a Judge Strike a Gang Allegation If Someone Pleads in the Open?

When a defendant pleads in the open, he or she permits the judge to impose a sentence on all counts. Does that require the judge to then impose sentencing enhancements, i.e. a gang enhancement if the complaint alleges this?  If the judge has discretion in how to sentence someone, does the judge likewise have discretion whether to strike the gang enhancement?  A judge in Orange County thought the answer was yes.  Was he correct?  Click on the following link to find out.

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