A man convicted of gunning down a passerby in Long Beach was sentenced yesterday to 50 years to life in state prison.
A jury in Long Beach found Jorge Luis Rodriguez Cruz, 28, guilty last November 15 of first-degree murder for the June 22, 2015, unprovoked killing of Douglas Jerome Wilson Jr., 37, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Cruz was creating a commotion in an alleyway when two women confronted him, according to Deputy District Attorney Delanee Hicks.
As the two women had an exchange, Cruz yelled at Wilson, who happened to be passing by, and continued to antagonize him before the two women separated them, according to the prosecutor. Cruz then pulled out a gun and fatally shot the victim.
Cruz was arrested on August 1, 2015, by Long Beach police.
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