A Los Angeles judge has sentenced a man to 128 years in prison for the 2010 murder of a 5-year-old boy wearing a Spider-Man costume on Halloween.
Judge Robert J. Perry sentenced Leonard Hall Jr., 26, to presumably spend the rest of his life in prison after he murdered Aaron Shannon Jr., 5, KTLA reported.
Before the sentencing, which took place on Tuesday, Hall was found guilty of driving up to a house with fellow gang member Marcus Denson, 23, on Halloween 2010 with the intention of shooting at it.
The two intended to carry out a gangland killing and ended up shooting Aaron, who was in his family’s backyard posing in his Spider-Man costume. The boy was hit by one of the bullets in the back of the head and died the next day.
Aaron’s grandfather and his uncle were also hit.
“He was charming, complimentary and had a beautiful smile,” said Aaron’s grandfather during the sentencing hearing. “He loved to hug people. He loved everybody.”
He continued, “I suffer constantly knowing that my son Aaron Sr. has to go through life mourning for his son for the rest of his life.”
A court deemed Hall guilty of second-degree murder as well as two counts of attempted murder in May.
Denson pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter as well as two counts of attempted murder. He is slated to be sentenced on August 6 and may face up to 25 years in prison.
“I’m happy that justice has finally been brought to my son after five years,” said Aaron’s father, Aaron Shannon Sr. “We hope that society does get better. But that’s all we can hope for.”
Both men involved in the shooting were reportedly members of the Kitchen Crips gang.
None of the victims are associated with gangs.
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