|For Immediate Release
Case # 06HF1927
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR MURDERING ONE AND INJURING FOUR IN COSTA MESA DRIVE-BY SHOOTING AFTER DISPUTE OVER A GIRL
SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to life without the possibility of parole for murdering one person and injuring four more in a drive-by shooting in Costa Mesa in a dispute over a girl. Joshua Anthony Blount, 24, Compton, was found guilty by a jury on June 4, 2008, of one felony count of special circumstances murder with premeditation and deliberation, four felony counts of attempted murder, and sentencing enhancements for murder by drive-by shooting, the personal discharge of a firearm causing death, and the personal discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury.
On Aug. 2, 2006, an unidentified female drove down an alley behind an apartment complex on Baker Street in Costa Mesa, where several men were standing having a conversation. The female began to speak to the group and eventually asked if they had seen Blount. The group became angry when they discovered that the female was associated with a group of men who had assaulted a 13-year-old from their apartment complex the day before. One of the men spit on the female’s car, causing her to leave and contact Blount. Approximately 30 to 45 minutes later, Blount drove down the alley and got into an argument with the group and then drove away. After Blount had driven away, Israel Maciel, who had not been involved in the earlier confrontation, arrived home from work and stopped to talk with the group standing outside the apartment complex.
After leaving the alley, Blount drove to Tustin and got a firearm from a friend’s house and then drove back to the alley, pulled out the firearm, and shot at the group of men. Blount shot and killed Maciel and injured four other victims.
Maciel’s mother, brother, and cousin spoke at the sentencing. His mother described being in a constant state of depression and said that there were no words to express the devastation she feels at the loss of her son. She said that she believes the pain will not go away until the day she dies.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy of the Homicide Unit prosecuted this case.