COMPTON – Five men charged in connection with three
fatalities during an armed robbery at a Compton auto shop are
expected to be arraigned today, the District Attorney’s Office
Deputy District Attorney Marilyn Seymour said Devin Lamont Lewis,
41 (dob 1/12/69); Paul Jordan, 40 (dob 8/23/69); Sorporn Dana Kol,
23 (10/05/86); Sophorn Moeum, 18 (dob 6/30/91); and Chendareth Tony
Meas, 19 (dob 7/31/90), will be arraigned in Department 12 of
Compton Superior Court. The case was filed April 7.
The defendants are charged in case No. TA111652 with three counts
of murder with special circumstance allegations of murder during the
commission of a robbery and multiple murders. The defendants also
face one count each of attempted murder and four counts of
The complaint alleges that the defendants personally and
intentionally discharged a handgun which caused great bodily injury
or death to three victims.
Defendants Lewis, Jordan and Moeum are further charged with one
count each of possession of a firearm by a felon. The complaint
alleges five prior convictions for Lewis, four priors for Jordan and
one prior for Moeum.
The five defendants are accused of taking part in an armed
robbery on April 5 at Custom Auto Sales in Compton. Two victims were
fatally shot at the location. A third victim, who sustained multiple
gunshot wounds, remains hospitalized but is expected to survive. The
defendants allegedly robbed four other victims before fleeing the
Sheriff’s deputies arrested the five defendants and one other man
shortly after the incident. The latter suspect died unexpectedly
after being detained, prosecutors said.
If convicted as charged, the defendants face a maximum penalty of
death or life in prison without parole. Although filed as a capital
case, no decision will be made on whether to seek the death penalty
until the case moves closer to trial. The defendants are being held