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A gang member who fatally shot a man and wounded another person outside a Westlake district church was sentenced Friday to 100 years to life in state prison.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Curtis B. Rappe also tacked on a consecutive sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole for Pedro Martinez, 26, who has the initials of his gang tattooed on the back of his head.

Martinez was convicted Dec. 19 of first-degree murder for the Nov. 4, 2012, killing of Andres Ordonez outside Iglesia Principe de Paz in the 3000 block of West Beverly Boulevard.

Jurors also convicted Martinez of one count each of attempted murder and vandalism, along with finding true gang and gun allegations. Jurors deadlocked on a second attempted murder count that has since been dismissed by the prosecution.

Jurors deadlocked in the case against Martinez’s co-defendants, Janeth Lopez, 24, and Ivy Navarrete, 33, who are facing the same charges. The two women are due back in court April 24 for a pretrial hearing.

Authorities said Lopez was spray-painting red graffiti on a church wall when she was confronted by one of the parishioners.

Ordonez, 25, was shot in the chest when he and another person came to the parishioner’s aid.

Ordonez’ widow, the granddaughter of the church’s pastor, wasthree months pregnant at the time of the shooting. She said she was sitting in a car in a nearby parking lot because she wasn’t feeling well, and thought her husband was coming out to check on her when he encountered the tagger.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who was a city councilman at the time, backed a $50,000 reward in the case, calling the crime “perhaps one of the most reprehensible acts I’ve seen here in my entire time as a City Council member.”

City News Service

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