LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 48-year-old man has been sentenced to death for killing two people and injuring three others during a gang dispute at a crowded Compton transit station in 2008.
Ronald Earl Brim maintained his innocence in front of Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler on Thursday, saying he didn't pull the trigger.
Brim was convicted in July 2012 along with co-defendant 31-year-old Leo Lloyd Adams for the first-degree murder of 20-year-old DeBruce Smith and 24-year-old Terry Dozier.
Adams was sentenced Thursday to two consecutive life prison terms without the possibility of parole.
Brim fired an assault rifle with armor-piercing bullets, striking Smith and Dozier in the back. Brim had a prior conviction for voluntary manslaughter in a 1989 killing.