December 2, 2023

A 25-year-old man was sentenced to life with out the potential of parole on Wednesday, Nov. 1, for fatally taking pictures seven years in the past two males inside a Harbor Metropolis hamburger restaurant together with the proprietor.

Joey Alfred Mendoza was convicted in June by a Lengthy Seashore Superior Courtroom jury of first-degree homicide and second-degree homicide.

Killed within the Oct. 12, 2016, taking pictures had been Louis Garcia, 23, a Wilmington resident, and Charalambos “Bob” Antonelos, 61, who lived in San Pedro and owned Bob’s Hamburgers close to Pacific Coast Freeway and Normandie Avenue.

Regardless of Mendoza, a Harbor Metropolis resident, being 18-years-old on the time and having no prison historical past, Decide Laura Laesecke gave him the utmost sentence and stated Mendoza was a hazard to the neighborhood.

She characterised Bob’s Hamburgers as a small restaurant identified in the neighborhood as a spot that felt like house, the place folks went to see buddies and the proprietor.

“You destroyed that,” Laesecke stated. “You not solely took two lives, you destroyed that neighborhood.”

Garcia was the supposed goal, however Laesecke stated Mendoza “selected to kill Bob, all as a result of he tried to supply assist.”

Rosa Correa, Garcia’s mom, stated she watched information of the taking pictures on tv not understanding it was her son who was killed. Garcia had a daughter however didn’t reside lengthy sufficient to see her first birthday. Correa stated she relives his loss of life on daily basis.

She was “grateful (God) gave me as we speak, so I may converse with you. I can’t forgive you now. Possibly sooner or later I’ll.”

Different members of the family stated they had been capable of forgive Mendoza and had been praying for him and his household. They describing the ache they’ve felt since his loss of life and acknowledged that Mendoza’s household was additionally in ache understanding he wouldn’t be current of their lives.