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January 16, 2020: La Puente Pizza Restaurant Ex-Employee Sentenced for Murder of Supervisor

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Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
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A 32-year-old man who fatally stabbed his supervisor at a pizza delivery restaurant was sentenced yesterday to 26 years to life in state prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

On Nov. 19, 2019, a jury found Rafael Sanchez of Baldwin Park guilty of one count of first-degree murder in case KA117570.

Deputy District Attorney Eric Neff said the jury also found true an allegation that Sanchez used a knife in the killing.

According to evidence presented at trial, victim Daniel Anthony Sanchez, 21, was killed on March 10, 2018, after telling the defendant to do his work. Sanchez, who is not related to the victim, snuck up behind the supervisor and stabbed him in the neck and back, the prosecutor said.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.