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March 4, 2020: Inglewood Man Sentenced for Domestic Violence Murder of Wife in Front of Their Children

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
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An Inglewood man was sentenced today to 56 years to life in state prison for fatally shooting his wife of 11 years in front of their four young children, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Andy Steve Valadez, 38, was convicted in January of one count each of second-degree murder, criminal threats and child abuse.

Deputy District Attorney Linda Kwon said the jury also found true allegations that the defendant personally used a firearm in the commission of the three counts.

The defendant and his wife, Sandra Valadez, 32, lived in the back of her family’s house. On Nov. 11, 2015, Valadez shot her in the head as she held their 10-month-old son, according to evidence presented at the trial.

The victim’s 63-year-old aunt ran into the residence when she heard the shots and found the victim and the children. The aunt struggled with the defendant after he threatened to kill them, the prosecutor said.

The Inglewood Police Department investigated case YA093307.