Antonio Lamont Triplett was convicted June 9 of murder, with a special-circumstance allegation of a killing during a robbery, and felony second-degree robbery. Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard King tacked on an additional five years to the punishment but stayed the order.
Co-defendants John Ben Taylor and Ryan Jones, both 38, are awaiting trial.
They are accused of killing 29-year-old Osvaldo Garcia of Santa Ana on Sept. 16, 2019.
Garcia was driving home in his Honda Accord when he was run off the road by a gray Nissan at 17th and Bristol streets just before 1 a.m., Senior Deputy District Attorney Mark Birney said. Garcia was on the phone with his girlfriend, Carmen Munoz, at the time.
Two men jumped out of the car that was in pursuit and opened fire on the Honda while Garcia was scrambling to climb out of the passenger-side window, Birney said. The two suspects ran to the other side of the car, opened fire again and beat Garcia over the head with a gun until a laser sight broke off of the weapon.
Triplett popped the trunk of the Accord to steal the backpack full of cash, Birney said. Multiple cars passed by