LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A 34-year-old man was sentenced to death Friday for the murders of four people outside a Northridge boarding home in 2012.
Ka Pasasouk was convicted in November of four counts of first-degree murder for the Dec. 2, 2012 shooting deaths of Teofilo Navales, 49, of Castaic; Robert Calabia, 34, of Los Angeles; Amanda Ghossein, 24, of Monterey Park; and Jennifer Kim, 26, of Montebello.
The same jury delivered Friday’s death sentence.
During the guilt phase of the trial, Deputy District Attorney Dan Akemon told the jury that Pasasouk was “fueled by drugs and alcohol” and had the “perfect opportunity for vengeance,” along with the perfect opportunity for a robbery, when he came across Navales — with whom he had an altercation months earlier — in a dark and confined area and shot him twice.
Calabia, Ghossein and Kim were shot to death to silence them as potential witnesses as Pasasouk was “trying to get away with murder,” the prosecutor said.
Pasasouk’s attorneys urged the jury to consider his troubled past, which included being born at a refugee camp in Thailand, having a “very dysfunctional and chaotic early life,” with parents that his brother described as drinking “most of the time” during their childhood.
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