A 44-year-old man was sentenced March 4 to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for killing a Metro bus driver in West Hollywood nearly three years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Deputy district attorney Marna Miller said Anthony Craig Chambers was found guilty on March 19, 2014 of one count of first-degree murder with the special circumstance allegation of murder of transportation personnel.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elden Fox of the Airport Branch additionally sentenced Chambers to 25 years to life in state prison.
Alan Thomas, 51, was driving an empty bus on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood on May 20, 2012 when Chambers came aboard, the prosecutor said. Evidence presented at trial showed Chambers chose Thomas’ bus because he was the sole occupant.
Shortly after getting on the bus, the defendant drew a shotgun from a suitcase, approached the victim and shot him twice, the prosecutor added.
The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
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