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Man Will Serve 20 Years for Second-Degree Murder of Youth Counselor

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A man who was convicted of killing a local youth counselor while attempting to flee police has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison, reports the Pasadena Star News.

In June of 2010, Luis Noriega, 29, was driving through Baldwin Park in a stolen SUV. When police tried to pull him over, he began a high-speed chase. He ran a red light and slammed into Walter Williams' car, which erupted in flames. Williams died at the scene.

Noriega was caught by police after he tried to flee the scene, and was convicted in June of this year of second-degree murder, evading a police officer causing death, unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle and receiving stolen property.

Williams worked with troubled kids at the Eggleston Youth Homes and Foster Care.