Three men have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the shooting death of a man who allegedly conspired with one of the trio to rob a body shop owner in Long Beach.
Luis Orozco, 37, Shawn Verrette, 43, and Frank Ervin, 54, were convicted last Dec. 17 of one count each of first-degree murder, second-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Jurors also found true a special circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of a robbery.
The victim, Franklin Robles, conspired with Orozco to rob a body shop owner in Long Beach, but Orozco instead plotted with Ervin and Verrette to rob and kill Robles, according to Deputy District Attorney Karen Brako.
Robles arrived at the body shop Aug. 9, 2010, and waited for Orozco, but Verrette and Ervin appeared at the site, got out of their vehicle and fatally shot Robles, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
After the killing, Orozco, Verrette and Ervin went to Robles’ home and stole his property, according to the prosecutor.
The three — who were sentenced by Judge James D. Otto on Thursday — have remained jailed since they were arrested in 2011.
–City News Service
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