NORWALK — A judge sentenced a Los Angeles man to 40 years to life in prison Thursday for the slaying of a West Covina man, who was shot to death and robbed along with his cousin and friend when the men went to buy a car in South Whittier nearly a decade ago.
A Norwalk Superior Court jury convicted Briall Lee, 31, in August of second-degree murder, as well as the special sentence-enhancing allegation that he used a gun in the crime, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s and court officials said. He received the sentence from Judge Robert Higa.
Lee was found guilty of the Jan. 27, 2004, slaying of 23-year-old Mario Larios.
Larios, his cousin Edgar Valles, 22, of La Puente, and their friend Fernando Pina, 25, of Mexico, were also gunned down during the robbery, which took place at the South Whittier home of Lee’s co-defendant, 39-year-old Cimarron Bell.
The victims were shot to death when they met with Lee and Bell to talk about a Chevrolet Monte Carlo they were offering for sale for $8,5000.
Bell was convicted of killing all three victims, as well as his girlfriend Ineka Edmondson, 22, of Compton in an unrelated slaying in La Habra in November of 2003. He was sentenced to death in August of 2011.
Quadruple murderer sentence to death (Cimarron Bell)