29_35x90 knx_35x90

Local

Van Nuys Men Sentenced In So-Called Texting Murder Case

View Comments
Photo Galleries

VAN NUYS (CBSLA.com) — Two Van Nuys men were sentenced to lengthy prison terms on Friday for their roles in the 2009 execution-style slaying of a Granada Hills man.

Zarek Manjikian, the convicted gunman in the killing of Gombert “Mike” Yepremyan, was sentenced to 50 years-to-life imprisonment.

Co-defendant Vahagn Jurian received a 25 years-to-life sentence. He was convicted of driving the getaway car. Both defendants are 25 years old.

Police said Yepremyan was shot to death after he sent a text message to the sister of one of the suspects. The text had used a derogatory word to describe the woman.

Two other defendants received jail sentences of nearly one year each.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,346 other followers