L.A. Man Sentenced to 170 Years to Life for Killing His Friend, Shooting Nephew

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A 51-year-old Los Angeles man who shot a friend dead and left his nephew and his nephew’s wife injured in a separate South Los Angeles shooting was sentenced on Friday to 170 years to life, authorities announced.

Floyd Odell was sentenced to state prison after a jury found him guilty on April 17, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

After a dispute, Odell shot his friend Charles Wilson multiple times May 18, 2015, at the victim’s home at the 700 block of West 79th Street, authorities said.

Days earlier, on May 12, 2015, Odell shot his nephew — and his nephew’s wife — in the 6900 block of Menlo Avenue, authorities said. The couple were walking to their car when Odell’s gunfire struck his nephew in the pelvic area and the wife in the hand. Both survived.

The jury found Odell guilty of a single felony count of murder, attempted murder and a being a felon who possessed a firearm, according to the DA’s office. He was also found guilty of two felony counts of assault with a firearm, and the jury determined allegations of causing great bodily injury and firearm use allegations were true, authorities said.

The Los Angeles Police Department investigated the case.

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