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2 men found guilty in killing of woman over unpaid debt [Updated]

A jury on Thursday found two men guilty of killing a 49-year-old Burbank woman for an unpaid debt as she opened her front door.

After deliberating for nearly two days, jurors found 29-year-old Burbank resident Armen Mangasaryan guilty of first-degree murder for shooting Jasmine Voskanian in the head, officials said.

[Update at 9:50 a.m.: Voskanian was killed Feb. 25, 2009]

He was also found guilty of causing death by discharging a handgun, said Shiara Dávila-Morales, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Mangasaryan faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life.

His accomplice and alleged getaway driver, 20-year-old Glendale resident Arpiar Terrgalstanyan, was found guilty of second-degree murder, Dávila-Morales said.

Terrgalstanyan was also found guilty on a weapons possession charge and faces at least 15 years to life in prison for the charges, Dávila-Morales said.

Voskanian had reportedly owed Bella Stepanyan, 26, of Burbank, a large amount of money. Authorities said the men were acting on her behalf.

Stepanyan was later arrested and convicted of being an accessory after the fact.

Read the full story here.

-- Veronica Rocha reporting for the Glendale News-Press


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People talk about the illegal immigrants from Mexico but what about the Armenians that come here and do illegal things from fraud to killing....the difference is that they own alot of stores and they know how to manipulate the system because it's always one of them in a high position.

This what they call hard money?

Protip: Pay your debts.

Why wasn't this woman Stepanyan prosecuted for murder one for hiring the two guys to kill the woman who owed the debt. If the DA established that the killing was the result of money for hire, the person doing the hiring should have been prosecuted for and convicted of first degree murder instead of "an accessory after the fact." What a cruel joke! Immigration both legal and illegal has turned SoCal into a lawless cesspool.

.......My opinion and Responce to Arnold2002.........It's unfortunate how the same law(s) apply so different for every case in this sick capitalistic system....For one this whole case is a joke and the two young men and the young lady involved must trade places in the verdict for obvious reasons ....#1 no murder wepon; #2 no crediable witness; #3 here say; #4 assumptions..... As far as why she wasn't charged with "MURDER FOR HIRE", simple my friend, ever hear the quote "GIVE THREE U GO FREE" , well in my openion it sounds like thats what happened.... WELLCOME TO AMERICA WERE YOU CAN SET UP A "MURDER FOR HIRE" AND STILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO GET AWAY, AS LONG AS IT KEEPS THE SYSTEM ALIVE, NEVERMIND WHO'S GOING TO PAY FOR IT AS LONG AS SOME DOES AND THAT WHO WILL, IS BE BASED ON CURCUMSTANCES, BUT BE SURE SOMEONE WILL(joke)"......very unfortunate that these young men have to endure this mess... iv'e been following this case for a while being a burbank resident and everytime i read or hear something on this case is sounds like another case of "SETUP"...WHICH MAKES MORE SENCE BECAUSE THATS WHAT BOTH GLENDALE AND BURBANK POLICE DEPARTMENTS ARE KNOWN FOR AND HAVE A HISTORY OF.....all that said i pray for all parties in this unfortunate matter and may this be the reason to not only clean up our streets but those that are there to "PROTECT AND SERVE US"...........WAKE UP PEOPLE AMERICA AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE AND GLOBALISM IS AT ITS PEAK..........done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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