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Long Beach man gets 40-plus years for killing immigrant walking home in Anaheim

A 32-year-old Long Beach man who shot another man to death during an attempted robbery in Anaheim was sentenced Monday, Oct. 10, to 40 years to life in prison.

Brandon Deandre Norwood was convicted earlier this year of second-degree murder for the March 3, 2019, killing of Oscar Humberto Chunmichicoj, a 30-year-old Guatemalan immigrant.

According to prosecutors, Norwood was following Chunmichicoj in a rental car as Chunmichicoj was walking back to his Anaheim apartment after filling up two water jugs at a nearby store.

Chunmichicoj resisted when Norwood tried to rob him, prosecutors said, leading Norwood to shoot Chunmichicoj once in the head.

Norwood fled, but detectives used surveillance footage of the killing to place Norwood at the scene.

Along with the second-degree murder conviction, jurors also determined that Norwood — who authorities described as a third-striker — was guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“This young man was a completely innocent victim who came to this country for a better life,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement following the sentencing. “Instead of realizing his American dream, Oscar ended up the victim of a violent crime at the hands of a career criminal. …

“Thankfully, his killer will spend decades behind bars instead of preying on hardworking people like Oscar,” the DA added.

Source: Orange County Register

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