Man convicted of Sacramento carjack murder gets life

A defendant who was convicted for murder during a carjacking was sentenced today at Sacramento Superior Court. 

Daniel Scott Langston, 39, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole by Judge Delbert Oros. On July 1, 2019, a jury convicted Langston of the murder of Joaquin Gonzalez and carjacking. 

During the trial, the jury found true the special circumstance that Langston committed the murder during the commission of a carjacking and that he personally used a firearm. The jury also found that Langston had been previously convicted of two robberies, which are strikes under California’s three-strikes law. 

On July 25, 2018, the victim was at a fast-food restaurant on Watt Avenue when Daniel Langston approached the victim and asked him for a ride. When the victim declined, Langston attacked him, hitting him several times in the head with a handgun. 

Langston managed to get into the driver’s seat of the victim’s truck and put the truck in reverse. The victim was outside of the vehicle and was dragged under the truck’s tire. Langston continued to reverse until the victim was run over by his own truck, causing catastrophic injuries to his head and upper body.


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