Wednesday, September 27, 2017

IN THE NEWS: Redlands man convicted in 2015 murder, attempted murder case

By Gail Wesson | | The Press-Enterprise
September 26, 2017 at 10:32 pm

A jury found a 57-year-old Redlands man guilty Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the shooting death of a woman killed in November 2015 by a stray bullet authorities said was intended for someone else.

Prentice Tonell Grant Sr. was found guilty of the Nov. 20, 2015, murder of Severa Santos-Velasco, 43, of El Monte; and the attempted murder of Imhotep Rasshan, according to a Redlands Police Department social media post and court records.

The jury also found Grant guilty of possession of a dangerous weapon and various allegations that may lengthen his prison term, including use and discharge of a firearm, according to court records. No sentencing date has been set.

Santos-Velasco was handing out fliers in an alley between Oxford and Lombard drives, south of East Brockton Avenue, to help the family of Rafael Templos Arce, who was beaten to death in October 2015 nearby.

Grant was in a dispute with Rasshan at an apartment complex and opened fire on him. Santos-Velasco, who was on another property, was hit by a stray bullet.

The defendant faces up to 200 years to life in prison, according to the police statement.
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[This case was prosecuted by Deputy DA Justin Crocker and the Central Division Gang Unit]

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