POMONA — A man was sentenced to 35 years to life in state prison Wednesday for his involvement in the fatal shooting last year of 19-year-old Ramiro Chavez.
Miguel Ayala, of Pomona, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder two weeks ago as his trial was set to begin. He was sentenced by Judge Bruce F. Marrs in Pomona Superior Court.
According to prosecutors, Ayala and another man each shot Chavez about three times on Aug. 14, 2010 in the 500 block of Weber Street in Pomona.
Ayala and his convicted accomplice, 18-year-old Vincent Lopez of Pomona, shot Chavez at about 12:45 a.m. after asking him whether he was a member of a gang, prosecutors said.
Chavez, a Pomona resident, said he was a member of a small “party crew,” according to prosecutors.
A jury convicted Lopez, an alleged gang member, of first-degree murder for his involvement in the killing. He’s scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 22.