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

March 15, 2010 |  3:25 pm

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