Crime

Suspect gets life in prison for killing pizza delivery man

By Aaron Blevins, 1/24/2013

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A 19-year-old man was sentenced on Jan. 18 to more than 77 years to life in prison for the 2011 slaying of a 25-year-old pizza delivery man in Silver Lake, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced.

Jose Beltran, convicted of the second-degree murder of Juan Vazquez and the attempted murder of two of Vazquez’s friends, was sentenced by Judge Clifford Klein, who called the Aug. 7, 2011, murder “a callous killing.”

Beltran was convicted in September of fatally shooting Vazquez, who was driving two co-workers home from work about 5 a.m. The shooting occurred in the 1400 block of Silver Lake Boulevard.

Three people addressed the judge prior to sentencing, including Luis Lopez, one of the two men who were riding with Vazquez at the time and narrowly escaped being shot.

“His mother has so much pain,” said Luis Lopez, who addressed the court through a Spanish interpreter. “He (Beltran) should be locked up.”

Deputy District Attorney Amy Ashvanian with the Hardcore Gang Division prosecuted the case.

 

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