Trio Sentenced to Life in Fatal Shooting of Man Who Came to Grandfather’s Aid

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Three men convicted in the shooting death of a man who tried to help his grandfather during a robbery in North Hollywood in 2012 were sentenced to life in state prison on Monday.

Danilo Morales, 24, heard his 68-year-old grandfather Manuel Flores scream for help when the older man was being robbed in the 8100 block of Coldwater Canyon Avenue (map) on Jan. 9, 2012.

When the Flores shouted, one of the robbers shot at him but missed, the prosecutor said.

Morales then rushed out to help his grandfather and began to chase the men, who took off in an SUV.

While Morales was chasing after the SUV, another shot was fired, which struck him in the head and killed him, according to the prosecutor.

Evin Ortiz, 25, Rene Ramirez, 32, and Edwin Bonilla, 30, were found guilty of murdering Morales. They were convicted Nov. 1, 2013.

The trio were also convicted of attempted murder and second-degree robbery of Morales' grandfather. They each received a second life sentence for the attempted murder, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.

Morales' relatives, including his grandfather, were in court as the sentences were handed down. Flores said the pain of losing his grandson will follow him to the grave.

Ramirez received an additional 25-year-to-life sentence for personally firing the shot that killed Morales, according to the DA's office.

He has denied any involvement in the murder and through an interpreter told the court on Monday that he was innocent and doesn't owe anything to anyone.

KTLA's Melissa Pamer and Kennedy Ryan contributed to this article.

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