A Signal Hill man who was convicted of killing two men, one from Long Beach and one from Whittier, was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole Friday.
Jeffrey Means, 49, of Signal Hill was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Ronald Henry, 67, of Long Beach, and the second-degree murder of Hal Dean Shaw, 48, of Whittier on July 2, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office (LADA).
Jurors on the case also found true the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders and that Means used a jack stand and knife to commit these crimes.
Prosecutor Julian Recana, Deputy District Attorney, said Shaw was discovered bludgeoned to death in his home on June 12, 1996. Henry was found 11 years later with multiple stab wounds to his neck.
Means was interviewed after Henry’s death, the prosecutor said, and then arrested in connection with the killing.
Further investigation found evidence connecting Means to Shaw’s death, and he was charged with the second murder, the LADA said.
Means was friends with both victims, the prosecutor said, and was the last person to be seen with each of them before they died. DNA evidence also linked Means to both of the crimes.
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