Example of graffiti, but not graffiti in neighbor's murder. Photo via Pixabay
Example of graffiti, but not graffiti in neighbor’s murder. Photo via Pixabay

Three gang members were sentenced to potential life prison terms Tuesday for the murder of an Arleta man who had complained days earlier about graffiti in front of his house.

Christopher “Piso” Adauta, 25, was convicted Oct. 5 of first-degree murder for the early morning attack Dec. 21, 2014, on Edgar Barrientos, 37, in the 8800 block of Beachy Avenue. He was sentenced to 25 years to life plus a potential life prison term with the possibility of parole.

The victim’s neighbor, Javier “Fects” Garcia, 23, and co-defendant Oscar “Crudo” Sanchez, 30, were each convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 15 years to life plus a potential life prison term with the possibility of parole.

The three were also found guilty of one count of attempted murder and two counts of assault with a knife involving two neighbors who came to Barrientos’ aid, with jurors finding true an allegation that the crimes were committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The three did “donuts” circling in a car in front of Barrientos’ house in an effort to lure him outside at about 4 a.m. the day of the killing, said Deputy District Attorney Robert Rabbani.

Barrientos had complained days before about graffiti left in front of his house by one of Garcia’s fellow gang members, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The fatal attack came in response to his complaint about the graffiti, the prosecutor said.

The three men beat the victim to the ground twice after he came outside, then turned their attention on the two neighbors who came to Barrientos’ aid, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Barrientos was fatally stabbed by Adauta when he came to his neighbors’ aid, Rabbani said.

Garcia was arrested later that day by Los Angeles police, and Adauta and Garcia were arrested the next month.

—City News Service

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