A 27-year-old man was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole on Feb. 8 for the January 2017 murders of a gas station clerk in the Los Feliz District and an employee at a medical marijuana dispensary in Mar Vista.
Kayshon Moody has been in custody since Jan. 20, 2017, after detectives arrested him outside his residence in West Los Angeles. Authorities used DNA evidence to link Moody to the murders, as well as two separate robberies in West Los Angeles and Glendale.
Moody’s crime spree started during the early morning hours of Jan. 17, 2017, when he robbed a fast food restaurant in West Los Angeles. He fled, and at approximately 3:35 a.m. entered a Chevron gas station at the corner of Los Feliz Boulevard and Vermont Avenue and shot a clerk, Mohammed Rahman, during a second robbery. Moody then robbed a small grocery store in Glendale later the same day.
The crime spree continued on Jan. 18, 2017, when Moody shot and killed Ovik Oganesyan during a robbery at a medical marijuana dispensary in the 12400 block of Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista.
Det. Sid Rodriguez, of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Division, said forensic evidence and security camera footage led them to Moody and an accomplice, James Eastland, who was only implicated in the Glendale and Mar Vista crimes. Eastman became a witness for the prosecution after he arranged a plea agreement with prosecutors that resulted in a 40-year to life sentence. Moody fired the shots in both murders.
Rodriguez said one of the suspects dropped a baseball cap at the robbery in Glendale. Testing found DNA belonging to both Moody and Eastland on the cap.
The crimes occurred in neighborhoods where Moody either currently or formerly lived. The motives in each crime was robbery.
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