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January 29, 2019: Pomona Man Sentenced for Shooting That Killed 8-Year-Old Boy

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
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A Pomona man was sentenced today to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for killing an 8-year-old boy who was inside a home last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.

Jurors deliberated less than two hours on Dec. 5, 2018, before finding Sengchan Houl (dob 12/14/81) guilty of one count of first-degree murder, two counts each of shooting at an occupied dwelling and negligent discharge of a firearm and one count of shooting from a motor vehicle.

Deputy District Attorney Lance Hansen of the Hardcore Gang Division said the panel also found true a special circumstance allegation that the murder was perpetrated by means of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle.

On Feb. 20, 2017, Houl was in a vehicle when he shot at a home on the 1100 block of West 11th Street in Pomona, according to court testimony.

During the shooting, victim Jonah Hwang, 8, was struck by the gunfire, the prosecutor said. The child later died from his injuries.

Houl also shot at the same home on one occasion before the murder and then again twice after the murder, the prosecutor said.

Case KA114915 was investigated by the Pomona Police Department.