Final two people, of five, are sentenced in 2014 Long Beach killing
The last two of five people convicted in a 2014 beating death were sentenced Jan. 27.
In November, a jury found Jazmin Montanez, 37, guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Thomas Scott Taylor, 60. She was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison. The same jury found Anthony Joshua Paz, 24, guilty of second-degree murder. Paz received a 15-year sentence.
On Oct. 22, 2015, three other people -- Diana Sequen, 23, Jose Zolorza, 22, and David Romero, 31 -- each pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a deadly weapon and were each sentenced to eight years in state prison.
Prosecutors said Taylor knew the five defendants and allowed them to visit him to do drugs in his motor home.
One day, Taylor asked the people not to return, according to evidence presented at trial. On the evening of Jan. 27, 2014, the five people went to Taylor’s RV and beat him to death and set the RV on fire with his body inside, prosecutors said.
Long Beach detectives arrested the five people several days later.