Los Angeles (AP) — A man who killed a sergeant at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office in what prosecutors called an execution-style murder five years ago was found guilty of one murder on Thursday.
Trenton Ravel, 31, has been charged with murdering a sergeant in 2016. Steve Owen was shot five times when he answered 911 reports of an ongoing robbery at Lancaster’s apartment in Antelope Valley, northern Los Angeles.
When he was sentenced on May 17, he could face life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
According to prosecutors, Owen further added his face and chest as his adjutant injured the ground after Ravel shot his head while a gun-fired suspect invaded and stood outside the police car. Fired four times.
According to a court document quoted by Los Angeles, Ravel confessed to investigators that he had “finished his job” by leaving a revolver in Owen after injuring Owen. Times.
Another lieutenant testified in court that he had arrived to see Ravel standing on Owen. Deputy Zachary Anderson said he fired at Ravel after the suspect pointed his gun at him.
Ravel then jumped into Owen’s police car and collided with Anderson’s car. Anderson said he jumped out of the way because he was afraid that Ravel would hunt him down.
Prosecutors said Ravel jumped from a disabled police car and rushed to a nearby house, robbed a 19-year-old woman and a 17-year-old brother, and pointed a gun at them for an hour before leaving.
He was arrested after a while and was treated with a gunshot wound on his shoulder.
In addition to the murder, Ravel pleaded guilty to attempting a first-class murder by ramming a police car. Robbery with someone who exists; being a serious offender in possession of a gun. Robbery; arrest for violence.
Lovel has a record of nearly 12 arrests and several convictions, including an armed robbery in 2009, and was released on parole at the time of the shooting.
Owen was a 29-year veteran of the Marshals Service. Then-Gov. Jerry Brown and a law enforcement officer far from New York attended his funeral.
“Sgt. Owen sacrificed his life to protect the community in which he served,” district attorney George Gascon said in a statement. “This conviction will not bring Sgt. Owen is back, but hopefully will provide a little peace to his family.”
Owen’s widow, Tania Owen, wanted Ravel to face the death penalty, but DA’s office didn’t.
Gascon, who was elected last November, opposes the use of the death penalty.
Owen’s widow is currently co-chairing a campaign to bring back Gascon.
“My husband fought for the rights of the victims for 29 years and actually died for the victims,” she said earlier this year. “I can say that the victims I have encountered have never said,’I don’t want these individuals to be held liable to the full extent of the law.'” “