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Past case: Second man sentenced in slaying of 3-year-old

Kaitlyn AvilaA 20-year-old man was sentenced Jan. 29, 2010, to state prison for the 2006 fatal shooting of a 3-year-old girl and the attempted murder of her father in Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Jonathan Banks was sentenced to 75 years to life and ordered to pay $3,724.38 in restitution for the shooting death of Kaitlyn Avila.

On Nov. 9, 2009, a jury convicted Banks on one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Banks’ co-defendant, Laron Lee Larrimore, 29, was sentenced Dec. 10, 2009, to 72 years to life after being convicted in April of one count each of second-degree murder and attempted murder.

Kaitlyn was shot and killed Sept. 24, 2006, in the 4500 block of Pinafore Street in Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

According to the district attorney’s news release, Banks and Larrimore shouted gang slogans before opening fire on Cesar Avila and his two daughters as they were getting out of their car in front of their Pinafore Street apartment.

Banks jumped out of a silver Chrysler driven by Larrimore and chased Avila on foot, firing and wounding him. He then returned to Avila’s vehicle, opened the rear door and fired. Kaitlyn was struck multiple times and killed.

-- Maloy Moore

This is an update to an older Homicide Report entry. The Times is committed to reporting and updating past filings.


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