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Two brothers were sentenced Thursday to state prison for the gang-related killing of an 18-year-old man who was stabbed while playing handball at Cleveland High School in Reseda.

Superior Court Judge Martin Herscovitz ordered Anthony Carpio, 18, of Panorama City, to serve 16 years to life in prison.

Carpio’s 20-year-old brother, Michael Steven Carpio of Pacoima, was sentenced to 15 years to life behind bars.

The brothers were convicted Oct. 31 of the April 24, 2013, killing of Kevin Orellano.

The jury also found true gang allegations against both defendants, along with finding true a knife-use allegation against Anthony Carpio.

The brothers — members of a street gang — approached the victim, who was not a gang member, as he played handball at Cleveland High. They issued a gang challenge before the fatal attack, according to court testimony.

Witnesses said that a fight ensued and Anthony Carpio stabbed Orellana.

A statement from the victim’s family, read in court by Deputy District Attorney Scott Marcus, said Orellano “was as significant to our family as water is to life. Not a moment goes by that any one of us can experience an event like we did before Kevin was senselessly murdered.

“We have a very loving, close family and spend a lot of time together. You cannot imagine what it is like to wake up every day missing a piece of your soul.”

City News Service

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