Man con­victed in drive-by shoot­ing death

De­fen­dant is found guilty of mur­der in killing of 8-year-old boy in Pomona.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Alene Tchekm­e­dyian alene.tchekm­e­[email protected]­

A 36-year-old man was con­victed Wed­nes­day in the drive-by shoot­ing death of an 8-year-old boy in Pomona last year, au­thor­i­ties said.

A jury found Sengchan Houl guilty of one count of first-de­gree mur­der, two counts each of shoot­ing at an oc­cu­pied dwelling and neg­li­gent dis­charge of a firearm, and one count of shoot­ing from a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, the Los An­ge­les dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice said. Ju­rors de­lib­er­ated less than two hours be­fore re­turn­ing the ver­dict.

Houl is sched­uled to be sen­tenced next month, when he faces a max­i­mum sen­tence of life in prison with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role.

In Fe­bru­ary 2017, Houl was in a car when he opened fire on a home in the 1100 block of West 11th Street. Jonah Hwang, 8, was fa­tally struck in the head.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Houl had shot at the same home once be­fore the boy’s death and twice af­ter.

Jonah was with his par­ents and brother at a fam­ily friend’s home for din­ner when the shoot­ing oc­curred.

Jonah had been adopted about three years be­fore from an or­phan­age in Tai­wan, his par­ents, Jonny and Karen Hwang, said at the time.

“He had an in­fec­tious smile and loved ev­ery­one and ev­ery­thing: sports, wrestling with his dad, run­ning, laugh­ing, su­per­heroes,” his par­ents said in a state­ment. “Jonah was a light and joy in our house­hold and we can­not imag­ine our fam­ily with­out him.”

Sandi Hwang Adam

JONAH HWANG was at a fam­ily friend’s home when he was fa­tally shot.

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