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Two Sentenced For Killing Chef

May 24, 2001

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ Two men convicted of murder and robbery in a 1998 restaurant holdup were sentenced to life in prison for killing a chef because the man couldn’t open the restaurant’s safe.

Jerrell Jones, 24, and Roderick Lipsey, 26, were found guilty in March of murder, robbery, attempted robbery and assault with a handgun. Jones also was convicted of raping a female restaurant customer.

Chef Galdino Venegas died six days after his throat was slashed in the robbery at a Harbor City restaurant. Other customers and workers were beaten during the robbery.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for both men, but the judge on Wednesday followed a jury’s recommendation of life sentences.

A third man involved in the robbery was sentenced to life in prison without parole last month.

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