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Woman convicted in 2007 murder, kidnapping case

Map shows homicides reported since 2007 near the scene where Monroe Miles Jr. was slain.
A 27-year-old woman was convicted Monday of murder and kidnapping in connection with a 2007 slaying of an Altadena man, authorities said.

Mesha Arshaz Dean was charged along with another woman in the killing of Monroe Miles Jr., 32, who was shot multiple times March 18, 2007, at his home in the 4000 block of Canyon Dell Drive, authorities said.

After killing Miles, Dean and Vanessa Marie Ochoa, 27, kidnapped his 4-year-old nephew, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Ochoa was the boy's mother.

The pair were arrested with the boy in Las Vegas two days after the killing. After the arrest, authorities described Ochoa as Dean's romantic partner.

Ochoa pleaded guilty to manslaughter, kidnapping and child endangerment, the district attorney's office said in a statement. She testified at Dean's trial and is scheduled to be sentenced April 9.

Dean also was convicted of child endangerment. Her sentencing is scheduled for April 11. She faces a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole in state prison.


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Map shows homicides reported since 2007 near the scene where Monroe Miles Jr. was slain. Credit: Times Homicde Report

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