Gang members sentenced for killing man for wearing red
Posted November 30
LOS ANGELES — Two gang members have been sentenced to prison for killing a man in south Los Angeles because he wore red sneakers and a red shirt.
Kevin Johnson and Kanasho Johns received sentences Wednesday of 50 years to life and 53 years to life, respectively.
They were convicted last month of murdering 19-year-old Tavin Price in May of last year.
Prosecutors say a defendant approached Price, who was developmentally disabled, at a car wash and asked about his gang affiliation because he was wearing red.
Authorities say soon after, Johns shot the teen four times in the back and chest.
Price wasn't a gang member.
A third man, Dwight Smith, pleaded guilty in August to voluntary manslaughter and is facing 12 years in state prison.