A 52-year-old Long Beach man was sentenced Wednesday, Aug. 17, to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his part in chasing down and fatally shooting a marijuana-dispensary worker with a cash-filled backpack in Santa Ana.
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. His co-defendants are awaiting trial.
They are accused of killing Osvaldo Garcia, 29, of Santa Ana on Sept. 16, 2019.
Garcia was driving home in his Honda Accord when he was run off of the road by a 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.
Two of the men jumped out of the car that was in pursuit and at least one 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, and at least one opened fire again and beat Garcia over the head with a gun.
Triplett popped the trunk of the Accord to steal the backpack full of cash, Birney