A Los Angeles Superior Court judge today sentenced Jose Beltran to 77 years to life in prison for the 2011 killing of a pizza deliveryman on the streets of Silver Lake, reports CBS2. A jury last year found Beltran, a Silver Lake resident, guilty of second degree murder in the fatal shooting of pizza deliveryman and restaurant worker Juan David Vasquez Loma on Silver Lake Boulevard in what police described as an apparent case of road rage.
Vasquez Loma, who worked as a busboy and waiter at El Chavo restaurant in addition to holding a second job at nearby Garage Pizza, died a week after the August 2011 shooting. The Mexico City native was dropping off co-workers when he fired upon while driving on Silver Lake Boulevard.
The deadly incident began when Loma, 25-year-old Mexican immigrant, passed Beltran’s as his car had come to a stop Micheltorena and Effie streets in Silver Lake. Police last year said they believed that maneuver angered Beltran, who pursued Loma’s truck down the hill to Silver Lake Boulevard, where the driver of the car pulled up alongside Loma’s truck and opened fire.