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October 10, 2014: Palmdale Man Sentenced for Killing Toddler During Police Pursuit

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
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A Palmdale man was sentenced to a total of 22 years to life in state prison today after being convicted of leading police on a pursuit that ended with the death of a 2-year-old girl, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. 

Deputy District Attorney Craig Kleffman said Marvin Travon Hicks, 47, was found guilty of second-degree murder on Oct 3. 

On April 14, another jury in case MA058121 also found Hicks guilty of one count each of evading an officer causing injury, evading an officer causing death, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury. 

On Dec. 6, 2012, Hicks was driving through Lancaster, crossing into oncoming traffic and running red lights at speeds reaching 100 mph, the prosecutor said. Before driving he had smoked a PCP-laced marijuana cigarette and consumed alcohol, according to court testimony.  

Almost immediately after Los Angeles County sheriff deputies began pursuing the defendant, he crashed into a car carrying Madison Ruano, the prosecutor added. 

The girl’s parents and her two grandfathers all gave victim impact statements at today’s sentencing hearing before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Blanchard of the Antelope Valley Branch. 

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