Two Men Sentenced For Killing of Highland Park 7-Eleven Clerk

By City News Service

Two men were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a convenience store clerk’s murder during an attempted robbery they committed amid a series of hold-ups throughout the Los Angeles area.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Sam Ohta called 22-year-old Rasheen Childs and 21-year-old Bryant S. Moore “serial robbers” who preyed on clerks at gas stations and convenience stores.

The judge noted that Childs gunned down 31-year-old Gonzalo Garcia as the victim ran away during an attempted robbery at a 7-Eleven store in Highland Park on Dec. 22, 2013.

Moore’s attorney, Jeffrey Brodey, told the victim’s family that his client “feels terrible about the loss that the family suffered.”

The defense lawyer objected to the life sentence on behalf of his client, but the judge said the term was mandated by the state Legislature.

Childs and Moore were convicted Feb. 23 of first-degree murder for Garcia’s killing, and found true the special circumstance allegation that Garcia was slain during the commission of an attempted robbery.

Along with the clerk’s killing, jurors convicted the two of trying to rob him.

The seven-woman, five-man panel additionally found Childs guilty of 18 counts of second-degree robbery and one count of false imprisonment by
violence. Those charges stemmed from a series of robberies between Dec. 11, 2013, and Jan. 2, 2014, in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Gardena and Carson, according to Deputy District Attorney Robert Song.

Moore was additionally convicted of 10 counts of second-degree robbery and one count of false imprisonment by violence.

A third defendant, Eric Tyrone Carter, 24, was convicted in February by a separate jury of seven counts of second-degree robbery for his involvement in some of the hold-ups. He was sentenced last week to nearly 40 years in state prison.

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One Response to “Two Men Sentenced For Killing of Highland Park 7-Eleven Clerk”

  1. “Serial robbers” sentenced in Highland Park 7-Eleven killing; homeless man arrested for throwing rocks on 110 Freeway | Eastsider LA | Hometown Pasadena | on July 7th, 2016 9:36 am

    […] Two”serial robbers” were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the fatal December 2013 shooting of a 7-Eleven clerk in Highland Park. Rasheen Childs, 22, and Bryant S. Moore, 21, killed 31-year-old Gonzalo Garcia as he tried to runaway during an attempted robbery of the store at the corner of Avenue 52 and Figueroa Street. EGP News […]

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