BALDWIN PARK — On December 9, 2016, then-54-year-old Steve Barron and 43-year-old Gilbert Ochoa got into an argument in the garage of a house in the 4000 block of Harlan Avenue.
Barron rented a room at the residence.
According to the LA County DA’s Office, “The fight led to a number of physical confrontations.” It was noted that Barron started these confrontations.
Barron grabbed a knife and Ochoa grabbed an aluminum pole. Soon, Barron stabbed Ochoa in the chest and then also grabbed the pole and hit Ochoa over the head with it. The victim died of his injuries.
Barron was arrested on site. On Friday, he was sentenced to 16 years to life in state prison, after pleading no contest to second-degree murder. He did admit to a special allegation that he used a knife.