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Five Charged with Capital Murder
in Compton Armed-Robbery Case

April 8, 2010
Contacts: Joe Scott, Director of Communications
Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
Shiara Dávila, Assistant PIO
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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 announced.

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 second-degree robbery.

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 scene.

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 without bail.


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