Brothers get life terms in murder

first_imgA second jury convicted the Robinsons of murder and robbery in October 2002. Two were sentenced to life in prison without parole two months later. An appellate panel from the 2nd District Court of Appeal reversed the murder convictions in October 2004, saying a Pasadena Superior Court judge erred in excluding evidence that someone else could have been responsible for Hussain’s death. Avila said jurors were allowed to hear the omitted evidence in the third trial, which took less than two weeks to complete. “It took some time, but I think the victim’s family finally found justice,” Avila said Friday after the hearing.No family members testified at the sentencing. Hussain, 51, was shot twice about 12:25 a.m. Nov. 23, 1998, in the 7-Eleven store at 1802 Huntington Drive in Duarte. [email protected] LOS ANGELES – Two brothers were sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of a Duarte 7-Eleven store clerk during a 1998 robbery. On March 9, a jury found Cory Robinson, 26, and his 27-year-old brother, Brandale Robinson, guilty of first-degree murder in the Nov. 23, 1998, shooting death of Syed Hussain, a father of five. Jurors also convicted the brothers of second-degree robbery and determined that Cory Robinson fired the handgun that killed Hussain. Both men had an additional three years tacked onto their sentence for the robbery. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Curtis B. Rappe also added another 25 years to life to Cory Robinson’s prison sentence for discharging the weapon. Rappe denied a motion for a new trial for the brothers. Attorneys for both have already filed papers to have the convictions appealed. This was the third trial for the Robinsons. The first trial ended in a hung jury, with nine of the 12 jurors voting guilty, said L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Victor Avila. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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