Long Beach Gang Member Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of 15-Year-Old High School Student

A Long Beach gang member was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of a 15-year-old boy who was walking home from school, officials said Friday.

Keshawn Brooks, 15, is seen in a family photo.

Giovanny Montelongo, 22, was found guilty of first-degree murder and second-degree robbery on June 1. Prosecutors said Keyshawn Brooks, who was a ninth-grader at Cabrillo High School, was robbed and stabbed to death by Montelongo on March 12, 2015.

The jury also found true a special circumstance allegation that the murder of Brooks was committed during the commission of a robbery and an allegation the crimes were committed in association with a criminal street gang, the DA’s office said

Long Beach police said Brooks was walking home from school in the area of the 2800 block of Santa Fe Avenue when Montelongo confronted him and tried to grab his backpack.

Evidence at trial showed Brooks was targeted because Montelongo believed he was a rival gang member, but the DA’s office said the high-schooler did not belong to a gang.

 

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