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Deandre Rooks gets life for cigarette murder

District Attorney Jan Scully announced today that Deandre Rooks was sentenced by the Honorable Judge Helena Gweon to 50 years to life in prison for the November 2009 first degree murder of Juan Carlos Sanchez.

Rooks and Sanchez had argued over a cigarette while on the light rail train. 

Witnesses testified that Rooks and Sanchez agreed to fight behind the Ross store when they exited the train. The two walked behind the store where Rooks shot Sanchez six times, including at least once when Sanchez was lying face down on the pavement.

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