Garcia at his sentencing
LOS ANGELES – Three years after 24-year-old Xinran Ji’s murder, his attacker has finally been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
On July 24, 2014, around 1 AM the USC grad student was walking home and was confronted by Andrew Garcia, who attacked Li with a bat and a wrench. Accompanying him in the crime was Albert Ochoa, Jonathan Del Carmen and Alejandra Guerrero. All four were in their teens at the time.
Li ran away but Garcia caught up to him and hit him repeatedly with the bat. Ji made it back to his apartment but was not discovered by his roommate until hours later.
Garcia was found guilty in June of first-degree murder, robbery, attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
Guerrero was found guilty last October of the same charges but has not yet been sentenced.