Nearly three years after her son was shot and killed in broad daylight in a South L.A. strip mall, Lenell Ellis walked into a courtroom and prepared to hear his killer’s sentence.
In her hands, she clutched two paintings: one brushed gold with a set of eyes in the center, and the other, a drawing of a dinosaur, a project her son, Robert Ellis worked on with his nephew. The 27-year-old never got to finish the drawing.
Before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Richard Kemalyan handed down Tyrone Foster's sentence for killing Robert Ellis, he said there was no doubt that this event impacted far more people than were in the courtroom Tuesday.
“I cannot fathom the depth of the despair to both families,” he said. “I recognize that.”
Kemalyan then sentenced Foster, 25, to 90 years to life in prison for the March ...