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Two women sentenced in 2012 killing of Westlake church deacon

Two gang members were given decades-long prison sentences April 8 in the killing of a church deacon in Westlake in 2012, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. 

Janeth Lopez, 26, was sentenced to 40 years to life in state prison. Ivy Navarrete, 34, was given a 60-years-to-life term.

The two were found guilty in November of second-degree murder in the killing of Andres Fermin Ordonez, who was 25. Lopez and Navarrete were also found guilty of attempted murder and felony vandalism. In addition, jurors found true gun and gang allegations.

Prosecutors said that on Nov. 4, 2012, Lopez was spraying a graffiti tag on the walls of a Westlake church when Ordonez and a parishioner came outside. Pedro Martinez, 27, was in a car nearby and got out to open fire, killing Ordonez and wounding the churchgoer. Lopez and Martinez jumped into the car driven by Navarrete and fled.

The gunman, Martinez, was convicted and last year sentenced to 100 years to life in prison.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @jeromercampbell and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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