A 37-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for killing a Glendale man in a scheme to collect on the victim's $2.5-million insurance policy, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
On June 24, a jury found Hovanes “John” Maskovian guilty of first-degree murder and attempted kidnapping of his ex-boyfriend, Joshua V. West. Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegations of lying in wait, murder for financial gain, and murder during an attempted kidnapping.
A separate jury on June 23 found his younger brother Hachik “Kriss” Maskovian, 31, guilty of the same charges.
On April 24, 2013, West was lured to a Sun Valley location where he was beaten, run over by a car, and shot by the two men, prosecutors said. West’s body was dumped in the 10200 block of Penrose ...
Coral Salvador thought her 4-year-old son was asleep when she peered into a bedroom and realized he wasn’t there.
As she walked toward the front door, she heard gunshots, and saw her son’s motionless body on the front porch.
“There was blood everywhere,” she said.
Salvador grabbed the boy and ran inside, where she performed CPR in the living room and cradled his small head. She could feel where a bullet had punctured his skull.
"I knew he wasn't going to make it, but I held out hope," she said.
Doctors at the hospital tried to resuscitate the boy but were unsuccessful. He died shortly after midnight.
Nearly two months later, Salvador, 23, returned to the home along with other family members and Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide investigators to ask the public for help identifying the shooter and to publicize a $20,000 reward.
A 19-year-old man was found guilty of murder in the killing of a woman he thought had been in a fight with his mother, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Jose Alberto Perez was convicted Aug. 18 of one count of second-degree murder for killing Yesenia DeLeon, 35, and another count of assault with a deadly weapon.
On March, 18, 2015, Perez took a shotgun to his stepfather’s house in South Park. He went inside to wait for Deleon’s sister.
At about 7 p.m., it was Deleon, not her sister, who arrived at the home. She was shot in the face, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
After the shooting, Perez went outside and fired another round. He was arrested soon after by LAPD officers.
Perez faces a sentence of 40 years to life in state ...
Yves Calvin Stone, a 41-year-old black man, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, after he was shot in the 44000 block of Gingham Avenue in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Stone was a guest at the home where he was shot, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Marc Boskovich.
About 11 p.m. Aug. 22, deputies were called about gunshots at a party at the house, Boskovich said.
Investigators found a trail of blood from the frontyard to the backyard, where Stone was lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds.
He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:53 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
It’s unclear if Stone was shot in the frontyard and walked to the back or if the blood came from someone else, Boskovich said.
“Our witnesses aren’t ...
Four men were sentenced Aug. 12 to 16 years to life in state prison for attacking a man in Riverside, kidnapping him, and killing him in Long Beach, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
On July 25, a jury found Jose Duenas, 23; Christopher Arevalo Ramirez, 24; Rafael Antonio Portales, 25; and Rafael Bravo, 25, guilty of second-degree murder and kidnapping.
The victim, Hector Campos Jauregui, 24, was an acquaintance of Duenas, Ramirez, and Bravo, prosecutors said. On Sept. 7, 2012, Jauregui was at a Mira Loma home, in Riverside County, with Duenas, Ramirez and Bravo. Sometime that day, Jauregui was shot in the back of the head and hit in the head with a sledgehammer.
According to a witness, Duenas and Ramirez then beat the injured Jauregui in the middle of the street, put him in a car, and drove to Long Beach. Bravo dumped Jauregui’s truck in Pomona, according ...
When Joie Nicole Kinney moved to Los Angeles in 2004, she was 16 and alone.
The aspiring actress rented an apartment and enrolled herself in Hollywood High School. She earned her diploma and kept it framed in her Hollywood apartment, along with autographs of old movie stars and photos of her idols Marilyn Monroe and Stevie Nicks, friend Julia Bloomquist said. She worked as an extra in movies, and catered to her beloved pets, a chihuahua named Puppy and two cats, Olive and Buttercup.
But on July 6, some 12 years after she arrived in L.A., her body was found in a West Hollywood trash bin. She was 28.
“She was one of the warmest, friendliest people I ever met,” said Bloomquist, who knew Kinney through a mutual friend.
“We came from very different backgrounds, but she had this sincere, loving quality that let her be friends with anybody ...
The man who preyed on vulnerable young women for two decades, killing nine and a teenage girl, was sentenced to death Aug. 10, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Lonnie Franklin Jr., 63, was sentenced after more than 15 family members of victims addressed the court, many of them repeatedly asking why Franklin chose to attack members of his own community.
“The defendant took my daughter, murdered her, put her in a plastic bag — a trash bag — like she was trash,” Laverne Peters, whose 25-year-old daughter was found in a garbage bin in 2007, told the court before Franklin was sentenced. “My hope is that he spends the rest of his glory days in his jail cell, which will become his trash bag.”
The former city sanitation worker was convicted May 5 of 10 counts of first-degree murder. Jurors also found Franklin guilty of one count ...
A Santa Clarita man was sentenced Aug. 10 to 100 years to life in state prison for killing his wife and his sister in 2013, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
A judge found Lance Anderson, 63, of Santa Clarita's Canyon Country, guilty of two counts of first-degree murder for killing Bertha Maxine Anderson, 68, and Lisa Florence Nave, 59. Gun allegations were also found true.
According to testimony during the four-day trial, Anderson fatally shot his wife in their home. Later that day, Anderson killed his sister at a North Hills nursing facility, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors argued in court that Anderson tried to control both women and, in an ultimate form of control, killed them both.
A topless maid and masseuse was sentenced to 35 years to life in state prison for killing her client, a retired Redondo Beach Police officer, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
On Sep. 3, 2015, after about four hours of jury deliberation, Centia Martin, 37, was found guilty of murder in the death of Robert Arthur Crigler, a 74-year-old white man who was pronounced dead Jan 13, 2015, in Inglewood.
About 11 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2015, Crigler’s secretary entered his business and tried to call him several times but could not reach him, prosecutors said. Later that night, she filed a missing-persons report with the Inglewood Police Department, who met her at the business, according to prosecutors.
Detectives searched the building, where surveillance video showed Crigler entering at 4 p.m. Jan. 10, according to prosecutors. Investigators found a door, which ...