A Long Beach man is jailed for life for the murder of a marijuana dispensary worker. • Long Beach Post News

Antonio Lamont-Triplette was convicted June 9 of murder, with a special circumstance alleging murder during a burglary and felony second-degree burglary. Orange County Supreme Court Justice Richard King served an additional five years to the sentence but kept the order.

Two other defendants, John Benn Taylor and Ryan Jones, both 38, are awaiting trial.

They are accused of killing 29-year-old Osvaldo Garcia of Santa Ana on September 16, 2019.

Deputy Attorney General Mark Bernie said Garcia was driving home in his Honda Accord when she drove off the road in a gray Nissan on 17th Street and Bristol Street shortly before 1 a.m. Garcia was on the phone with his girlfriend Carmen Munoz at the time.

Two men jumped out of the chasing car and opened fire on the Honda as Garcia rushed out of the passenger-side window, Bernie said. The two suspects ran to the other side of the car, opened fire again and hit Garcia in the head with a pistol until the laser sight fell off the weapon.

Bernie said Triplett opened the Accord chest to steal the backpack full of cash. Several cars passed the scene, including one for the Santa Ana Police Squad, whose driver appeared unaware of what had happened and did not stop despite Honda standing on a row of hedges in the eastern perimeter of Santa Ana College, according to surveillance video shown to jurors.

Bernie said it was not clear whether one or two pistols were used in the shooting. But before the Santa Ana police car passed, the suspects quietly went to their business of stealing from the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

“After Mr. Garcia was killed, they spent minute by minute in that place getting their money,” Bernie said. “The rude nature of her is really outrageous.”

Bernie said that Munoz drove to the crime scene with her mother and told the police that, according to a smartphone application, she saw that her boyfriend’s phone was in Corona, adding that the police immediately began tracking the phone with the help of a helicopter crew.

At about 3 a.m., Bernie said, police traced the phone to an industrial complex in Carson, where they met the suspects from three cars and exchanged property.

Bernie said one suspect in that scene was a former employee of the TRG marijuana dispensary in South Los Angeles, where Garcia worked.

The attorney general added that Garcia’s job was to transfer cash receipts from the company.

Bernie said police then followed one of the vehicles to Long Beach and set up surveillance, then arrested Triplett and recovered Garcia’s mobile phone. Investigators found Garcia’s blood on Triplett’s shoes as well as a bandana with Triplett’s DNA on it at the crime scene.

A Long Beach man has been charged with burglary and murder in Santa Ana

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