Scene of shooting – ABC7
LOS ANGELES — Over four years after a robbery-murder, the pair involved in the crime finally received their sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
On February 1, 2013, 29-year-old Sheron Khemlani and his 32-year-old brother, residents of Hong Kong, were in LA conducting business concerning diamonds.
The brothers had several meetings in the Jewelry District in downtown LA, and departed for Las Vegas.
On their way, they stopped for lunch in West Covina. Coming out of the restaurant, they were attacked by a group of men, during which time the younger Khemlani was shot in the head and killed.
Over a year later, in March of 2014, 25-year-old Michael Quiroga Castiblanco and 28-year-old Juan Alejandro Cortez were identified, arrested, and charged with the robbery and murder. They were 21 and 24 years of age at the time of the crime.
The LA DA’s Office said, “According to evidence presented at trial, the two defendants were part of an organized criminal group that targeted jewelers and individuals who made large cash withdrawals from banks. Moreover,the group followed the Khemlani brothers from downtown Los Angeles to West Covina with the intent to rob them.”