A San Gabriel Valley marijuana grower was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years to life behind bars for killing a Chinese national whose decomposing body was found in a car trunk in Monterey Park.

Andy Yalau Chen, 39, was convicted March 23 of first-degree murder for the shooting death of Min Gu, 30, whose body was discovered March 21, 2016, after a Monterey Park resident reported a foul odor coming from a Lexus near her home in the 200 block of South Lincoln Avenue. Gu had been shot several times.

Jurors also convicted Chen of one count of cultivating marijuana inside his Temple City home.

Authorities determined that Chen had been one of the last people in contact with Gu, who was reported missing nearly a month earlier. Investigators got a warrant to search Chen’s home, which led them to suspect that Gu was killed there as the result of a financial dispute.

“Most of the whole second floor was a marijuana grow,” sheriff’s Lt. Dave Coleman told the Los Angeles Times shortly after Chen was charged. “We found more than 1,000 marijuana plants and several pounds of package marijuana.”

Chen was arrested April 4, 2016, by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and has remained behind bars since then.

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