Judge Sentences Long Beach Man to 173 Years for Murder of University of Idaho Football Player Ken McRoyal

Ken-McRoyalA Long Beach gang member was sentenced to 173 years to life in state prison Tuesday for one murder and four attempted murders, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 25, was convicted February 27 of one count of second-degree murder and four counts of attempted murder, with jurors also finding true a gang allegation, officials announced in a release issued Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Kennedy started shooting his gun outside the Fantasy Gold Club in Harbor City on April 1, 2012, after his brother was shot inside the establishment. He injured a woman during that incident.

On May 13, 2012, Kennedy fatally shot 21-year-old Carson High grad and University of Idaho football player Ken McRoyal (pictured above, left) and injured another man when a fight broke out at a party he attended in the Hollenbeck area.

He was arrested May 31, 2012 in connection with the crimes.

Officials said investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department Harbor and Hollenbeck stations and the Long Beach Police Department were able to connect the incidents through bullet casings from the same gun found at both locations.

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