Pedro Espinoza sits during the proceedings of his sentencing hearing on Friday November 2,2012 at a Los Angeles Courthouse. The judge has refused to grant a new trial for Espinoza a gan

 

              Pedro Espinoza sits during the proceedings of his sentencing hearing on Friday November 2,2012 at a Los Angeles Courthouse. The judge has refused to grant a new trial for Espinoza a gan
Pedro Espinoza sits during the proceedings of his sentencing hearing on Friday November 2,2012 at a Los Angeles Courthouse. The judge has refused to grant a new trial for Espinoza a gang member convicted of killing a star high school athlete. Prosecutors have said the athlete was targeted because he was carrying a red Spider-Man backpack, a color perceived by Espinoza as linking Jamiel Shaw II to an opposing gang. The judge said Friday that evidence that Espinoza killed Shaw was overwhelming and rejected defense arguments that Espinoza didn't get a fair trial. ( AP Photo/Nick Ut)