The botched robbery of an immigrant in California ended with a murder. Now, the killer will spend decades behind bars.
Recently, a judge in California sentenced Brandon Deandre Norwood to 40 years in prison, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. He was convicted of second-degree murder with an enhancement for the discharge of a firearm causing death and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Prosecutors said Norwood was on parole when he shot Oscar Humberto Chunmichicoj in the head.
The suspect was sentenced under the state’s third-strike law.
Chunmichicoj was walking back to his apartment in Anaheim, California, after filling up two water jugs on March 3, 2019. As he walked, a rental car followed him.
Norwood got out of the car and tried to rob the immigrant from Guatemala. But the victim resisted and was shot in the head. Norwood ran back to the car and left the area.
The victim had $110 in his wallet and his cell phone, but the killer got nothing, according to MyNewsLA.
Norwood was arrested after video surveillance identified him at the scene. Norwood was on parole for pimping at the time of the killing and could be seen in social media posts wearing the same clothes as the gunman in the murder, according to MyNewsLA.
Prosecutors described the killing as an execution.
“This young man was a completely innocent victim who came to this country for a better life,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. “Instead of realizing his American dream, Oscar ended up the victim of a violent crime at the hands of a career criminal. Thankfully, his killer will spend decades behind bars instead of preying on hardworking people like Oscar.”