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75 years to life in prison for man who killed 3-year-old girl in shootout

January 29, 2010 |  5:02 pm

A man convicted of the 2006 fatal shooting of a 3-year-old girl and the attempted murder of her father was sentenced today to 75 years to life in state prison.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Dayan Mathai said Jonathan Banks, 20, also was ordered to pay $3,724.38 to the state Victim Restitution Fund. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Fred Wapner presided over the hearing.

Banks was convicted by a jury on Nov. 9, 2009, of one count of first-degree murder and two counts of willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder.

He was also found guilty of gun and gang allegations. Co-defendant Laron Lee Larrimore, 29, was sentenced last month to 72 years to life in state prison.

Larrimore was convicted in April 2009 of one count each of second-degree murder and willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder. On Sept. 24, 2006, the two defendants shouted gang slogans before opening fire on Cesar Avila and his two daughters as they were returning to their Baldwin Village home.

Banks jumped out the passenger side of a silver Chrysler, driven by Larrimore, and chased Avila on foot, shooting at and wounding him. Banks then returned to Avila’s vehicle, opened the rear door and fired inside. Toddler Kaitlyn Avila was struck and killed.

--Richard Winton

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