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Man sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for killing outside Hollywood nightclub

A man who shot a 19-year-old in the back of the head outside a Hollywood nightclub in 2013 was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years to life in prison, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Robert Earl Thomas III, a 23-year-old black man, was found guilty in July of first-degree murder with gang and weapons allegations.

According to testimony, a man claiming to be a Carver Park gang member approached Andre Lowe, 19, and his friends outside the Empire Club about 2 a.m. on Jan. 13, 2013. The man asked what gang the group was from and someone in Lowe’s group said they don’t gang-bang, according to prosecutors.

The man and others began assaulting the group. During the fight, Thomas walked up to Lowe and shot him twice in the back of the head, prosecutors said.

While trying to leave, Thomas ran over Lowe’s body. The shooting was captured on video and Thomas was arrested on suspicion of murder several days later in Las Vegas.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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