Guilty plea in janitor’s slaying: Reseda gang member sentenced to life in prison for targeting black worker

By C.J. Lin (LA Daily News)
March 26, 2010

A 22-year-old gang member from Reseda has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to the racially motivated killing of an African-American janitor, officials said Friday.

During a hearing Wednesday, Richard Bordelon admitted to the December 2008 slaying of James Shamp, who was fatally shot while taking out trash at Canoga Bowl in the 20100 block of Vanowen Street.

Bordelon also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, admitting that Shamp was targeted because of his race. He also admitted to several special circumstance allegations, including drive-by murder and being an active member of the Canoga Park Alabama gang.

In addition to life in prison, Bordelon was ordered to pay $14,386 in restitution to Shamp’s family.

Co-defendant Martin Sotelo, 25, who prosecutors say was driving the car, is awaiting trial. He faces the same charges as Bordelon, as well as charges of fleeing a pursuing officer and driving without the owner’s consent.

The charges carry the possibility of the death penalty if Sotelo is convicted. However, prosecutors have not yet decided whether to seek that penalty.

Two others also have pleaded guilty to charges in connection with Shamp’s slaying, prosecutors said.

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5 Comments for “Guilty plea in janitor’s slaying: Reseda gang member sentenced to life in prison for targeting black worker”

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