- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - One of two men convicted of murdering a 76-year-old woman during a burglary at her home in Long Beach has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

City News Service reports that before the sentencing Thursday, the judge denied a defense request for a new trial for Freddie James Battle. The judge said there was plenty of evidence to support the jury’s guilty verdict.

Leam Sovanasy, a Cambodian refugee who’d survived the Khmer Rouge genocide, was stabbed to death in 2009.

The 27-year-old Battle was convicted of murder in May along with his 27-year-old co-defendant, Daniia Lasean Davis.

Davis was sentenced last month to life in prison without parole.

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