LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A gang member was convicted of first-degree murder Monday for the “49th Street Massacre” killings of a 10-year-old boy, his uncle and a teenager.

Ryan T. Moore also was convicted of  attempted murder of a 12-year-old boy, in South Los Angeles in June 2006.

Jurors were ordered to return to court Wednesday for the trial’s penalty phase.

Moore could be sentenced to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Comments (7)
  1. Sanityforus says:

    Penalty phase ? What a joke. He’s guilty put him to death NOW. Why should we as taxpayers PAY for this man’s incarceration ? Only recently was a man who had ‘earned’ money while in jail had the state ‘attempt’ to recoup what it had spent on his keep. That’s outrageous !! If we KILL all the morons on death row currently we would ‘lessen’ the monies spent on prisons !!

  2. Mark says:

    I was on a jury in 1996 that sentenced a killer to death. He is STILL on death row. He will probably die in jail, but more likely due to natural causes.

  3. Jazz says:

    I lived in Virginia for 14 years. They are only second to Texas in execution but they are number one with speed. They have what the legal professionals call the Rocket Docket. The average time on death row in Virginia is 3 years.

    That is why Maryland and DC allowed Virginia to prosecute the DC Sniper last. It only took 9 years to execute him because it took 5 years for the other jurisdictions to prosecute him. Once Virginia found him guilty he was executed within 3 years.

  4. B. Vanzetti says:

    Yes, because trials never wrongly convict someone and setence them to death.

  5. Rich Mexican MD says:

    Don’t worry, this guy’s going to be in a world of hurt when he gets in…. Rather, his anus will be in a world of hurt.

  6. shonda says:

    No one really knows what leads a person to find him or her self in a situation such as the one Mr. Moore is in but I do know that he has a family and people that I am sure love and care about him. This world is full of hate and ignorance and some of these comments I’m reading here just proves that point. Lives were lost; by death and incarceration, there is no good in any of that.

    1. Smith says:

      shonda – does it reallllly matter to you? If it were your 10 year old child that was killed by a gang member, you’d be willing to just “turn the other cheek”? Wow I guess a kid sure couldn’t count on you to protect them now could they. “Hate and ignorance”? I think not, “…lives were lost, by death and incarceration, there is no god in any of that”? Are you kidding me? Lives were lost by someone who didn’t value those lives and you, you think it’s just fine to have someone who would gun down a 10 year old free to walk the streets and possibly take the lives of more innocent children?

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