POMONA, Calif. – A Pomona man was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of an 8-year-old boy who was inside a home in 2017.
Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said that Sengchan Houl, 37, shot toward a home in the 1100 block of West 11th Street in the City of Pomona while in a vehicle on February 20, 2017. The victim, Jonah Hwang, 8, was struck by the gunfire and died as a result of his injuries. The prosecutor presenting the case said that Houl shot at the same home on a different day, before the murder and twice after the murder.
Houl was found guilty of one count of first-degree murder, two counts each of shooting at an occupied dwelling and negligent discharge of a firearm and one count of shooting from a motor vehicle.
by a jury. The jury came back with the verdict after around 2 hours of deliberation on December 5, 2018.
Deputy District Attorney Lance Hansen of the Hardcore Gang Division said the panel also found true a special circumstance allegation that the murder was perpetrated by means of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle. Houl will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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