Lady Justice 4 16-9

Three men were convicted Friday of murder for the January 2013 shooting death of a 21-year-old man in Pasadena during a drug deal that went bad.

Peter Parra, 37, of Pasadena, Kevin Jessie Cabrera, 27, of North Hollywood, and Raymond Frank Conchas, 26, of Covina, were found guiltty of one count each of first-degree murder, attempted second-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime, according to Deputy District Attorney Stefan Mrakich.

The three were charged in the Jan. 15, 2013, shooting of Zane Goldstein, who died two days later.

Goldstein had agreed to meet the three in an alley for a drug deal, according to evidence presented during their trial.

Goldstein — who was the target of an attempted robbery — was shot in the head as he tried to escape near Maple Street and Chester Avenue, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Parra, Cabrera and Conchas are each facing life in prison without the possibility of parole, with sentencing set April 17.

A fourth defendant, John Michael Piepoli Jr., 21, was convicted Oct. 29 of the same charges and sentenced Nov. 12 to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A fifth defendant, Ward Lacey IV, 20, is awaiting trial Monday in connection with the killing.

Mrakich has said earlier that Piepoli and Lacey set up a plan for the robbery and decided to use Conchas as the “muscle” for the hold-up, which was to occur during a drug transaction. Parra and Cabrera were also involved in the attempted robbery, according to authorities.

In ruling that a life prison sentence for Piepoli was “not disproportionate to the crime itself or the defendant’s culpability,” the judge noted that Piepoli helped to set up the robbery and supplied a code to gain the victim’s confidence.

City News Service

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