LOS ANGELES – A 29-year-old man convicted earlier this
month of murdering his parents and a former girlfriend was sentenced
today to 85 years to life, plus three consecutive
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Bob Bowers imposed the sentence
on Joshua Vick of Los Angeles, who was convicted on May 2 of three
counts of first-degree murder with true findings on two special
circumstance allegations – murder during a kidnapping and multiple
murders. A special allegation that Vick personally used a handgun in
the killings also was found to be true.
The defendant was additionally convicted of one count each of
robbery and attempted robbery, and three counts of making criminal
threats. Deputy District Attorney Robert Grace of the Major Crimes
Division prosecuted the case.
Vick fatally shot his mother and father, Mary and Gable Vick, on
Jan. 14, 2005, at their apartment. Authorities said that on the same
day, he kidnapped his former girlfriend, Tesha Collins, from an
education center where she was teaching.
Police spotted Vick driving in South Los Angeles the next day and
pulled the car over. He was arrested after a gun battle with police.
Collins body was found next to the car. She also was fatally shot.