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September 27, 2019: Transient Sentenced for Murdering Elderly Couple for Cell Phone

Greg Risling, Assistant Chief
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A 27-year-old transient was sentenced today to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for murdering an elderly couple and stealing the wife’s cell phone in 2014, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

In May, jurors found Luke Fabela (dob 2/26/92) guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of first-degree residential burglary. The panel also found true the special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and murder during the commission of a burglary.

Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef of the Major Crimes Division prosecuted the case.

On Dec. 26, 2014, Fabela murdered Shirley Isom, 75, and Armie “Troy” Isom, 89, at their hillside estate home in La Verne. Both died of blunt force trauma. Fabela also stole a cell phone from the residence.

DNA evidence linked Fabela to the crime scene.

Case KA109112 was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.