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October 12, 2018: Man Sentenced to 40 Years to Life for Fatally Shooting Teen

Paul Eakins, Public Information Officer
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A man was sentenced today to 40 years to life in state prison for fatally shooting an 18-year-old last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

A jury convicted Sherwin Mendoza Espinosa, 43, of Los Angeles on Aug. 21 of one count of second-degree murder and found true an allegation that a handgun was used in the killing.

On Feb. 26, 2017, Espinosa and victim Juan Castillo had a confrontation in the 1300 block of 16th Street in Santa Monica, according to court testimony. As the victim was attempting to leave in a car, the defendant fired at the vehicle and hit the teenager in the head.

Deputy District Attorney Keri Modder prosecuted case SA095642.

The Santa Monica Police Department investigated the case.