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Man sentenced to prison for shooting Long Beach boy in head

April 11, 2011 | 12:57 pm

Josue Hercules

A convicted felon whose bullet meant for another man hit a 4-year-old in the head as the Long Beach boy was playing outside was sentenced Monday to 35 years to life in prison.

James Leland Landrum Sr., 47, was convicted March 28 of one count of attempted murder, one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of a felon in possession of a firearm, said Deputy L.A. County Dist. Atty. Dean Bengston.

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A fight erupted in July 2009 between Landrum and another man in the courtyard of an apartment complex in the 2100 block of Earl Avenue near East 21st Street.

Both men ran into the street when Landrum pulled a gun and fired once, Bengston said.

Josue Hercules was playing in front of his house with his sister when the bullet hit him in the back of the head, skirting his skull and lodging near his eye.

His sister carried him into the house, where his mother, Wendy Andrade, put her finger in the wound to keep it from getting worse on the way to hospital.

The boy appears to have recovered from the shooting, but Andrade told The Times in December, “I do not know what will happen to my son's life.”


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Photo: Josue Hercules bears an ugly scar in 2009 after being struck by a bullet while he was playing outside. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times