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Second man sentenced in grafitti-related shooting of Hollywood business owner

A 20-year-old man accused of shooting a Thai Town business owner who complained about tagging was sentenced to 42 years to life in state prison for attempted murder, prosecutors said Monday.

Arvin Ghazalian was sentenced Friday, nearly four months after a jury convicted him of attempted murder and vandalism stemming from the June 2008 shooting, said Shiara Davila-Morales, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

A co-defendant, Edward Savtyan, 18, was acquitted of the attempted murder but convicted of vandalism, earning a two-year sentence behind bars. And a third man, Oganes Davtyan, 19, was acquitted of one count each of robbery and witness intimidation.

The shooting took place as Ghazalian and Edward Davtyan were seen painting 6-foot-high black letters on the wall of an east Hollywood auto body shop. The shooting victim and his employees were writing license plate information when the accused taggers got out of their car and returned to the business.

When the owner told the men not to tag his property, Ghazalian pulled out a handgun and shot him in the chest, got back in the car and drove away. The victim, then 50, survived the shooting.

--Andrew Blankstein

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Yes this is an expression of urban art... Graffiti is always gonna be there wether people like it or not. Its a part of the urban landscape. It always has. It always will be. The river does look plain and stupid now, not to mention a BIG waste of money in a city already up to its neck with money problems.

And these idiots arent graffiti artists. There gang members. A huge difference. The news needs to lay off this "dangerous taggers" bullshit and get there facts straight.

Guess conspiracy charges don't count in lala land. Ghazalian's buddies should have gotten the same sentence as him. Is this just more evidence to the world that Los Angeles is a failed municipality in the same context as Mexico is a failed state. Both entites have shown it is incapable of maintaining any semblance of a civilized,just or safe society.

Glad to know these guys will be locked up for their crime, but I'm also glad to see that these guys were not hispanic, and it shows that other races do graffitti as well. If this story was to be about 2 hispanic taggers, you would see nothing but send these guys to mexico and so on!.. There's clowns in every race, they come in all colors, shapes and forms.

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