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Past case: Monrovia man sentenced for 2003 killing

A Monrovia man was sentenced Jan. 12, 2004, to state prison for the Jan. 20, 2003, killing of Brian Peter Williams, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Freddie Damaso Magana, 20, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus seven years for burglarizing Williams' home in La Verne.

On Dec. 9, 2003, a jury convicted Magana of first-degree murder, two counts of burglary and one count of arson.

According to the deputy district attorney, Magana entered the Mansion Court home after the victim's wife left for work. Williams, who awoke to find Magana in his home, struggled with the defendant before being stabbed and set on fire.

Mrs. Williams discovered her husband's badly burned body in the bathroom when she returned home from work.

Magana, who fled the scene in Williams' SUV, was arrested several hours later.

-- Maloy Moore

This is an update to an older Homicide Report entry. The Times is committed to reporting and updating past filings.

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