Lompoc man sentenced to life without parole

April Charlton (Lompoc Record) | December 03, 2013

A Lompoc gang member convicted earlier this year of gunning down a former rival gang member in a dark alley will spend the rest of his life in state prison.

Charles Alonzo Owens, 27, was sentenced to life without parole this morning for the June 11, 2007, shooting death of Michael Jason Spradling, also of Lompoc. He will die in prison.

“He should never be paroled under the instructions that I have given,” said Superior Court Judge Rick Brown, who added the sadistic and cruel nature of Owens’ crimes show he’s a “serious danger” to society.

In late October, a jury convicted Owens of Spradling’s murder, which went unsolved for almost five years, and also found him guilty of killing the man for the benefit of a criminal street gang, which required a mandatory life sentence without parole for the first-degree murder conviction.

Prosecutors alleged throughout Owens’ murder trial that the then 25-year-old Spradling was shot in the head, torso and groin by Owens in an alleyway in the 400 block of North M Street and left to die in the street. He died two days later at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

“It’s one of the most cruel and senseless crimes this court has ever seen,” said Senior Deputy District Attorney Ann Bramsen, who argued for the maximum sentence the court could impose.

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