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Man sentenced for killing brother in 2013 during family dispute

A 54-year-old man was sentenced Sept. 21 to 40 years to life in state prison for fatally shooting his younger half brother, Alonzo Darryn Lewis Jr., in their grandmother's Jefferson Park home two years ago.

Rodrick Clay Hall was convicted Jan. 28 of second-degree murder with the use of a firearm, said Greg Risling, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Hall, a Quartz Hill resident who is black, was originally charged with murder, Risling said.

Hall is accused of shooting his brother during a family dispute on June 15, 2013 at the home where Lewis lived with his grandmother.

Prosecutors said the strongest evidence for conviction was Hall's own statement to police that he shot his brother to protect their grandmother, Risling said. In addition, prosecutors presented physical and witness evidence.

In a lengthy tribute posted in November 2013 on Lewis' Homicide Report page, family members said Lewis cared for his grandmother and often was there to help others.

"He lived a life of being a good person with a very giving heart," the post continued. "Darryn loved his family very much and they loved him even more."

Contact the Homicide Report.

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