Court Denies Re-Sentencing for Man Convicted in Mar Vista … – yovenice

The Man Received a 40 Years to Life Sentence for Murder and Robbery at a Dispensary on W. Venice Blvd

An appeal for re-sentencing by one of the two men convicted of the murder of a Mar Vista medical marijuana dispensary owner has been rejected by a state appellate court panel, City News Service reported. 

James A. Eastland, 27, received a sentence of 40 years to life in state prison in 2019 after pleading guilty to murder and robbery charges related to the shooting death of Ovik Oganesyan, 50, at the dispensary located at 12480 W. Venice Blvd. This occurred approximately 6 1/2 years ago, along with an unrelated robbery.

Superior Court Judge Curtis B. Rappe denied Eastland’s petition for re-sentencing under a state law that applies to certain murder cases. Eastland’s co-defendant, Kayshon Lamont Moody, 31, is serving two consecutive life prison terms without the possibility of parole for the murders of Oganesyan and M.D. Mizu Rahman, 34, at a Chevron station in the 2100 block of North Vermont Avenue one day before Oganesyan’s killing.

During Moody’s trial, Eastland testified, stating that Moody had expressed intentions of committing a robbery and informed him of a marijuana dispensary without

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