A 33-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing a good Samaritan who came to the aid of a woman who had just been robbed at a Lynwood meat market.
Kyle Henderson was found guilty April 23 of first-degree murder, attempted murder and second-degree robbery, with jurors finding true a special circumstance allegation that the murder was committed during a robbery.
Henderson went into Crystal Produce Meat Market and robbed the female cashier at gunpoint in the late afternoon of Jan. 15, 2012, according to Deputy District Attorney Andrea Davalos.
The woman fled next door to a tortilla shop and told the store’s manager and one of his employees about the robbery, and they went to confront Henderson at the market, according to the prosecutor.
In fear for his life, the manager of the tortilla store stabbed Henderson in the neck as he left the market armed with money from the cash register and a gun, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Henderson fired two rounds at the two men, with one striking the tortilla store employee in the head. Jorge Alvarado, 43, of Lynwood, died at a hospital.
Police were notified when Henderson went to a hospital several hours later to be treated for his neck injury, and he was arrested in connection with the deadly robbery, the prosecutor said.
Henderson was previously convicted in 1999 of second-degree robbery and in 2000 of assault on a peace officer, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
— City News Service