Hawthorne man sentenced for baby’s death

A Hawthorne man was sentenced Feb. 9 to 15 years in state prison for the death of his girlfriend’s 14-month-old baby, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. 

Julio Mejia, 48, pleaded no contest Jan. 8 to two counts of assault on a child causing great bodily injury resulting in the death of Bryan Cartagena, 1. 

Prosecutors said that on Aug. 25, 2013, Cartagena died at the hospital after suffering blunt force trauma to his abdomen. 

Several days later, police arrested Mejia and Sandra Cartagena, the baby’s mother, in connection with the death. The case against Sandra Cartagena was later dropped because of insufficient evidence. 

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A Hawthorne man was sentenced Feb. 9 to 15 years in state prison for the death of his girlfriend’s 14-month-old baby, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. 

Julio Mejia, 48, pleaded no contest Jan. 8 to two counts of assault on a child causing great bodily injury resulting in the death of Bryan Cartagena, 1. 

Prosecutors said that on Aug. 25, 2013, Cartagena died at the hospital after suffering blunt force trauma to his abdomen. 

Several days later, police arrested Mejia and Sandra Cartagena, the baby's mother, in connection with the death. The case against Sandra Cartagena was later dropped because of insufficient evidence. 

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Man receives life sentence for murdering clerk during robbery

A man was sentenced Feb. 14 to life in prison for fatally shooting a discount store clerk during a robbery, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. 

Eric William Atkinson, 35, was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for the special circumstance murder of Martha Sanchez, 39. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry imposed an additional 38 years for a count of witness intimidation as well as allegations of gun use and a prior conviction of attempted robbery. 

About 9 p.m., on Sept. 17, 2013, Atkinson entered Happy Bargain store in South Los Angeles, robbed between $200 and $300, and shot Sanchez multiple times, according to authorities. A customer found Sanchez 10 minutes later, but the clerk was pronounced dead at the hospital within the hour, according to coroner’s records. 

Detectives later connected Atkinson to the shooting using store video surveillance footage and receiving nearly a dozen tips from the public. Atkinson was arrested Oct. 9 on a parole violation.

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A man was sentenced Feb. 14 to life in prison for fatally shooting a discount store clerk during a robbery, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. 

Eric William Atkinson, 35, was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for the special circumstance murder of Martha Sanchez, 39. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry imposed an additional 38 years for a count of witness intimidation as well as allegations of gun use and a prior conviction of attempted robbery. 

About 9 p.m., on Sept. 17, 2013, Atkinson entered Happy Bargain store in South Los Angeles, robbed between $200 and $300, and shot Sanchez multiple times, according to authorities. A customer found Sanchez 10 minutes later, but the clerk was pronounced dead at the hospital within the hour, according to coroner’s records. 

Detectives later connected Atkinson to the shooting using store video surveillance footage and receiving nearly a dozen tips from the public. Atkinson was arrested Oct. 9 on a parole violation.

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Long Beach woman pleads no contest to killing her boyfriend

A Long Beach woman pleaded no contest Feb. 14 to stabbing her boyfriend nearly two years ago, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. 

In court, Yvonne Marie Pina, 34, pleaded to one count of voluntary manslaughter for killing her boyfriend, Aaron Paolo Flores, 21. She also admitted to the allegation that she used a knife to commit the crime. 

Prosecutors said the couple had been fighting for several days prior to March 1, 2016, when Pina fatally stabbed Flores. 

On the day of the killing, Flores tried to leave in Pina’s car after a fight, but he was unable to drive away, prosecutors said. Flores then went to a neighbor’s house to use the phone. 

Meanwhile, Pina grabbed a knife from her home and approached Flores, saying “You want to hit me,” according to prosecutors. She then stabbed Flores once in the chest. 

Prosecutors said Flores responded to Pina, “Look at me. What did you do to me?” 

Pina tried to help Flores by driving him to the hospital, where he later died, prosecutors said. Long Beach police arrived shortly after and arrested Pina.

Pina is scheduled to return to court March 21 for sentencing; she faces seven years in state prison. 

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A Long Beach woman pleaded no contest Feb. 14 to stabbing her boyfriend nearly two years ago, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. 

In court, Yvonne Marie Pina, 34, pleaded to one count of voluntary manslaughter for killing her boyfriend, Aaron Paolo Flores, 21. She also admitted to the allegation that she used a knife to commit the crime. 

Prosecutors said the couple had been fighting for several days prior to March 1, 2016, when Pina fatally stabbed Flores. 

On the day of the killing, Flores tried to leave in Pina’s car after a fight, but he was unable to drive away, prosecutors said. Flores then went to a neighbor’s house to use the phone. 

Meanwhile, Pina grabbed a knife from her home and approached Flores, saying “You want to hit me,” according to prosecutors. She then stabbed Flores once in the chest. 

Prosecutors said Flores responded to Pina, “Look at me. What did you do to me?” 

Pina tried to help Flores by driving him to the hospital, where he later died, prosecutors said. Long Beach police arrived shortly after and arrested Pina.

Pina is scheduled to return to court March 21 for sentencing; she faces seven years in state prison. 

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