Venice Beach Hotel Owner Charged With Murder in Shooting Death of Homeless Man

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A Venice Beach hotel owner was charged with murder Tuesday in the shooting death of a homeless man who killed following a disturbance on Sunday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

A photo showing 26-year-old Jascent-Jamal Lee, known as "Shakespeare," was provided by his friend Paul Goldstein.
A photo showing 26-year-old Jascent-Jamal Lee, known as “Shakespeare,” was provided by his friend Paul Goldstein.

The shooting took place just after 2 a.m. near Rose Avenue and Ocean Front Walk (map) following what police initially described as a confrontation between locals.

Jascent-Jamal Lee Warren, a 26-year-old homeless man who went by the name of “Shakespeare,” was killed in the shooting.

A second man was hospitalized in stable condition after being shot in the leg, police said Sunday.

Sris Sinnathamby is seen in a photograph provided by venicepaparazzi.com.
Sris Sinnathamby is seen in a photograph provided to KTLA.

About six hours after the incident, authorities arrested Sris Sinnathamby, 54, who owns the Cadillac Hotel on nearby Dudley Avenue.

Sinnathamby, who was charged with one count of murder in Warren’s death, pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday, according to the DA’s Office.

Bail for Sinnathamby was set at $1 million and he was scheduled to return to court on Oct. 14, the DA’s Office stated.

If convicted, Sinnathamby faces life in state prison, according to the news release.

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