LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Two gang members were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole stemming from the 2006 shooting death of a young Inglewood mother.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Curtis B. Rappe Friday denied the defense’s motion for a new trial for 26-year-old Clifton Gregory Brown and 32-year-old Casey Lee Rowland.

Both were convicted of first-degree murder for the Aug. 25, 2006, slaying of Ashley Cheval, 23.

Cheval was shot once in the head as she sat in a vehicle in southwest Los Angeles.

Brown and Rowland were also found guilty of three counts of attempted murder involving two rival gang members who were wounded while standing near that car. A third person seated in the vehicle with Cheval was uninjured.

Deputy District Attorney Allyson Ostrowski said Cheval was not in a gang. Cheval is survived by her parents and her daughter, who is now 11.

Brown and Rowland filed paperwork to appeal their convictions.

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