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November 19, 2019: Man Sentenced for Murdering Handyman in 2008 Silver Lake Shooting

Tatevik Tigranyan, Public Information Assistant
(213) 257-2000

A 37-year-old man was sentenced today to 50 years to life in state prison for killing a handyman in Silver Lake and cutting off the victim’s hand before fleeing to Mexico, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Alan Machain (dob 6/18/82) of Lynwood was convicted last month of one count of first-degree murder and jurors found true an allegation that he personally used a handgun, causing injury or death.

Deputy District Attorney Brian Rosenberg and Head Deputy District Attorney Gregory Jennings prosecuted case BA348847.

In October 2008, victim Cesar Valenzuela, 44, of South Gate, was hired to do maintenance and repairs by the owner of a triplex in Silver Lake. Machain, whose brother was an employee of the property owner, had been given permission to occasionally stay in an unoccupied residential unit there, according to court testimony.

On Oct. 8, 2008, Machain shot Valenzuela inside the home at least three times and cut off his left hand.

The victim’s body was discovered on Oct. 13 in a bathroom. His hand was never found.

When police sought the defendant as a person of interest, he fled the area before they were able to contact him.

Investigators later obtained video surveillance of Machain driving the victim’s truck, according to court testimony. His EBT transactions also stopped the day after the victim’s body was discovered.

The defendant remained in hiding until he was arrested in Tijuana on June 21, 2017, and was returned to the United States.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department, Northeast Division Homicide.