POMONA (CNS) – A Covina man has been sentenced to 63 years to life in prison in connection with a car crash that killed his passenger in West Covina four years ago.
Angel Rojo, 28, was convicted Dec. 15 of one count each of second-degree murder, hit-and-run driving resulting in death or serious injury to another person, dissuading a witness by force or threat, preventing or dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, and petty theft, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Rojo — who was among a group of several men who had been partying at an apartment complex in West Covina — took property from a woman and threatened her as he left the area March 8, 2014, according to Deputy District Attorney Ross Alari.
Rojo drove away from the scene with his friend, Manuel Ernesto Rodriguez, in his car, driving at high speeds on city streets, the prosecutor said.
Rojo crashed his vehicle into a tree, killing his 26-year-old passenger, according to court testimony.
Rojo then threatened witnesses to the collision as he ran away from the scene, according to Alari.
He was arrested by police soon afterward and has remained behind bars since then.
A second suspect, Jose Flavio Diaz, 28, of Montebello, was released from jail last Dec. 19 after being acquitted of all charges against him.