The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the case of a gang member sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the shooting deaths of two men in a convenience store parking lot in Panorama City.
Angel Santana, now 33, was convicted in September 2016 of two counts of first-degree murder for the July 17, 2014, killings of 19-year-old Deshawn Miles and Maron States, 26, along with one count of attempted murder involving a third victim who was shot in the leg.
Jurors found true the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders, along with gang and gun allegations.
In a ruling in January, a three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal found there was “overwhelming evidence, including witness testimony, photo identifications, a surveillance video,” as well as evidence of gang involvement that supported the jury’s verdict.
The victims were in a parking lot outside a 7-Eleven store in the 8200 block of North Sepulveda Boulevard when they were approached by Santana and an accomplice, who declared their gang affiliation and told the victims to move along before opening fire, authorities said.
Police said Santana was easy to identify because he was missing his left eye and had tattoos over his left eyebrow and on his jaw and neck. He was arrested about two weeks later at the Palms Motel in North Hills, and has been behind bars since then.