LONG RANGE (CBSLA) – Compton resident Joe Anthony Avila pleaded unchallenged on Tuesday to first degree murder to the shooting death of Robert Proano in 2014, and was immediately sentenced to 25 years in life, according to the Los District Attorney. Angeles.
The 22-year-old victim, Proano, was walking with his girlfriend near the intersection of Artesia Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue when he was confronted. After being shot, he fell on a median, collapsed and later died, the prosecutor’s office reports.
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Long Beach Police said the motive for the murder was likely gang related.
Avila, who is now 31, was arrested a month after February 10, 2014, shooting with co-accused Jonathan Buckner, who is now 24.
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According to the district attorney’s office, Buckner made no claims in January 2020 of intentional homicide in the case and was sentenced to 13 years in state prison.
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