A 38-year-old man who murdered a drug dealer making himself a cup of coffee in a Santa Ana bakery has been sentenced to 80 years to life in state prison.
A jury last month found Israel Pena Lopez of Santa Ana guilty of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon and found true a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death.
In an unrelated case, Lopez was convicted of shooting at an occupied vehicle with a sentencing enhancement for committing the crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang. That drew him 15 years in prison to be served concurrently with the murder sentence.
In a victim impact statement read in court Friday, the niece of the late Alejandro Sanchez described how much she loved her uncle, what a great person he was and what he meant to her, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office. She added she misses him.
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