A 54-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison without parole Monday for fatally strangling a vitamin store clerk during a robbery at in Huntington Park.
Arturo Bejarano Jr. was also sentenced to an additional 200 years to life after jurors found him guilty in a number of additional robberies, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced in a news release.
Bejarano was convicted last October of eight counts, including two counts of second-degree robbery; two counts of assault with a firearm; and one count each of first-degree murder and false imprisonment by violence, the release stated.
On March 15, 2012, Berjarano entered a vitamin store on East Florence Avenue where he bound and gagged store clerk Veronica Hurtado Reyes, before he robbed the business, according to a news release from the DA’s office in 2012.
Reyes, 39, ultimately died from strangulation, according to Deputy DA Steven Schreiner.
Two weeks before the fatal robbery, Berjarano held up a book store during which he bound and assaulted the store employee, according to the release.
More than three weeks after the vitamin shop murder, Bejarano committed another robbery at a home where a 16-year-old girl was present. She was able to hide in a closet, Schreiner stated.
Police used DNA collected from the crime scenes to link Bejarano to all three robberies, according to the DA’s office.