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(Scroll down for video) Two killers were arrested, charged and convicted of murder after killing a pizza delivery person during an armed robbery, prosecutors in California said.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that the two men were sentenced to state prison after they were convicted of fatally shooting the pizza
deliveryman in Long Beach nearly two decades ago.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Tomson T. Ong sentenced James Lemon to 25 years to life in
Lemon’s accomplice, Venda Johnson, was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole. A jury found the two defendants guilty of first-degree murder.
Deputy District Attorney Patrick Frey, who prosecuted the case, said the killing occurred near an apartment building in Long Beach.
The victim, Renato Teniente, was a pizza deliveryman who had just made a delivery at the apartment and was seated in his car when he was attacked by the defendants.
The prosecutor said that Lemon and Johnson, who were both teenagers at the time, ran towards Teniente’s car, and one of the defendants shot him during an attempted robbery.
The 60-year-old victim died in his car and the two defendants fled the scene, the prosecutor added. The incident remained a cold case for 17 years before Long Beach police reopened the investigation.
The next year, the defendants were charged in connection with the killing. Police found Lemon living in Las Vegas, Nevada, and he was extradited to California.
Meanwhile, Johnson was located in a Colorado prison, where he was serving a life sentence for a triple murder. He also was transferred to California, for the new murder case.