- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A gunman convicted of killing four people during a memorial gathering at a Los Angeles restaurant will not be sentenced to death.

City News Service reported Monday that a jury has recommended that Nerses Galstyan (NER’-sees gal-STEE’-an) spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty. Sentencing is scheduled for June 23.

The 32-year-old was convicted last month for the 2010 shootings in Valley Village.

Galstyan, an Armenian citizen, opened fire on other guests during an argument at a restaurant where people had gathered to remember a friend killed in a traffic crash.

Prosecutors say Galstyan fired 50 shots, killing four people and wounding two.

His attorney argued that Galstyan shot in self-defense after someone pulled a gun on him.

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