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Jury Recommends Death Penalty for Jamiel Shaw Jr.'s Killer
A jury recommended the death penalty for a man accused of gunning down high school student Jamiel Shaw Jr. in 2008.Last month the same jury found Pedro Espinoza, 23, guilty of killing Shaw early this month. Prosecutors said Espinoza, a gang member, killed Shaw because he mistook the colors of his Spider Man backpack for gang colors. Shaw was shot once in the abdomen and once in the head.
Deputy District Attorney Allyson Ostrowski told jurors that Shaw's killing was a "cold-blooded, calculated execution," according to City News Service.
Espinoza's attorney M. David Houchin agreed that Espinoza needed to be severely punished but pleaded for his client's life, saying there has been "so much emotion in this case." He begged a jury: "Please don't let it cloud so much that you are unable to make the right choice as to the penalty."
The jury deliberated whether to sentence Espinoza to life in prison or give him the death penalty. Espinoza will be formally sentenced on September 21, according to a release from the District Attorney's office.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.