LOS ANGELES – A 21-year-old man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus multiple life terms for the murder of a good Samaritan in Canyon Country, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Diamonte Jerome McGhee of Canyon Country was found guilty Oct. 30, 2014 of one count each of first-degree murder and second-degree robbery, four counts of attempted murder and five counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, according to Deputy District Attorney Bradley Lieberman.
The jury found true a special circumstance allegation that the murder occurred during the commission of a robbery. And McGhee also was found to have personally fired the handgun during the murder and attempted murder.
Eric Michael Edwards, 21, of Lancaster was found guilty of one count each of first-degree murder and second-degree robbery and four counts each of attempted murder and assault with a semi-automatic firearm. Edwards was sentenced to 30 years to life in state prison plus an additional four life terms on April 9.
Branden Trevaughn Higgs, 20, of Lancaster pleaded no contest to one count of voluntary manslaughter and two counts of attempted murder on April 15 and was immediately sentenced to 16 years and eight months in state prison.
The convictions stem from an incident that occurred Oct. 31, 2011, in Canyon Country.
Alejandro Sánchez-Tórrez was with his 7-year-old son when he witnessed the three co-defendants beating and robbing a victim, the prosecutor said. When Sánchez-Tórrez rushed to the victim’s help, McGhee shot Sánchez-Tórrez in the chest, killing him in front of his son, the prosecutor added.
McGhee then shot the robbery victim on the leg, Lieberman said. The robbery victim survived his injuries.
The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.