A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 42 years to life in state prison for the attempted murder of a Hollywood auto body shop owner, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Deputy District Attorney Andrea Pott of the Hardcore Gang Division said Arvin Ghazalian was sentenced March 12. Jurors convicted Ghazalian of attempted murder and vandalism on November 20, 2009.
Ghazalian and co-defendant Edward Davtyan, 18, were seen vandalizing the walls of a Hollywood auto body shop on June 25, 2008. Ghazalian and Davtyan left the scene but returned to confront shop employees. During the argument, Ghazalian drew a handgun and shot the business owner once in the chest. The victim survived the attack.
Davtyan was convicted of vandalism. Jurors acquitted him of one count of attempted murder. Davtyan was sentenced to two years in state prison on November 25, 2009.
A third man charged in the case, Oganes Davtyan, 19, was acquitted of one count each of robbery and witness intimidation.