MY­ERS’ BROTHER SEN­TENCED

The younger brother of 2010 Santa Maria mur­der vic­tim Dystiny My­ers will serve more than 13 years for armed rob­bery.

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The younger brother of a Santa Maria teen who was bru­tally mur­dered in 2010 will serve nearly 14 years in state prison for the armed rob­bery of a marijuana de­liv­ery courier in De­cem­ber 2017.

Joshua Lo­gan Gordon My­ers, 20, was con­victed in Novem­ber 2018 of two felonies for the armed rob­bery of a mar­juana busi­ness op­er­a­tor in the park­ing lot of the Costco su­per­mar­ket in San Luis Obispo, ac­cord­ing to the San Luis Obispo County District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

In San Luis Obispo Su­pe­rior Court on Wed­nes­day, Judge Matthew Guer­rero sen­tenced My­ers to 13 years and eight months in state prison for My­ers’ con­vic­tions by a jury of sec­ond-de­gree rob­bery with the use of a firearm for the ben­e­fit of a street gang and threat­en­ing to com­mit vi­o­lence.

Ju­rors had found My­ers not guilty of an ad­di­tional charge of as­sault with a firearm, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Pros­e­cu­tors had sought 16 years and four months of prison time for My­ers be­cause of past crim­i­nal con­vic­tions — in­clud­ing ju­ve­nile of­fenses — and be­cause he al­legedly in­duced other peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in the rob­bery on be­half of the North West Crim­i­nal Street Gang, ac­cord­ing to a sen­tenc­ing mem­o­ran­dum filed by the District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice on Jan. 22.

Fol­low­ing his sen­tenc­ing Wed­nes­day, My­ers was taken into the cus­tody of Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tions and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for prison place­ment.

His at­tor­ney, Paul Phillips, said My­ers’ life cir­cum­stances have been hard on the young man.

“We’re al­ways judged by the worst thing we’ve ever done, and this is the worst thing Josh has ever done,” Phillips said. “Josh made his choices, but his cir­cum­stances were just so chal­leng­ing that this is the end re­sult, for now.”

He added that My­ers’ mother and grand­mother, who at­tended his court pro­ceed­ings, have been sad­dened by the out­come, but they re­main sup­port­ive of him.

“I hope he can come out bet­ter on the other end,” Phillips said.

My­ers is the younger brother of Dystiny My­ers, a run­away whose killing at the hands of a metham­phetamine drug ring when she was 15-years-old made head­lines for years.

The girl’s body was found beaten and par­tially burned in a Santa Mar­garita field just one month af­ter her birthday in Septem­ber 2010.

For years, her fam­ily waited for jus­tice, ac­cord- ing to Tribune archives.

Even­tu­ally, five peo­ple would be sent to prison for the crime, in­clud­ing a mother and son who were or­dered to serve life sen­tences without pa­role for mur­der, kid­nap­ping and tor­ture.

The mother had or­dered the girl’s killing be­cause My­ers had been dis­re­spect­ful to her, ac­cord­ing to court tes­ti­mony.

One of the five peo­ple con­victed for My­ers’ death killed him­self in his cell at the Cal­i­for­nia Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion in Te­hachapi in 2016.

Ed­i­tor’s note: This ar­ti­cle has been up­dated with com­ments from Joshua My­ers’ at­tor­ney.

Joshua Lo­gan Gordon My­ers

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