A 36-year-old man was convicted today of killing an 8-year-old boy inside a Pomona home last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Jurors deliberated less than two hours before finding Sengchan Houl
(dob 12/14/81) guilty of one count of first-degree murder, two counts
each of shooting at an occupied dwelling and negligent discharge of a
firearm and one count of shooting from a motor vehicle.
The panel also found true a special circumstance allegation that the
murder was perpetrated by means of discharging a firearm from a motor
Sentencing is set for Jan. 29 when he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Deputy District Attorney Lance Hansen prosecuted the case.
On Feb. 20, 2017, Houl was in a vehicle when he shot at a home in 1100 block of West 11th Street in Pomona.
During the shooting, victim Jonah Hwang, 8, was struck by the
gunfire, the prosecutor said. The child later died from his injuries.
Houl also shot at the same home on one occasion before the murder and then again twice after the murder.
Case KA114915 was investigated by the Pomona Police Department.
On September 30, 2018, Delano police officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of Oleander Street, regarding a shooting. Officers located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries.
A search warrant was obtained and a search of the house where the shooting took place was searched. Officers found illegal narcotics, packaging materials for drug sales, scales, money and a firearm. A search of a vehicle involved found additional illegal narcotics and two loaded firearms.
Cristobal Pimental, 19, of Delano, was arrested on weapons and drug charges and child endangerment.
On November 1, 2018, at about 10:15 P.M. Delano officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Belmont Street, regarding a shots fired call.
Officers were directed to the rear yard of a residence where the gunshots were fired. Officer’s attempted to contact Samuel Carranza, 32, of Delano, in the yard who fled on foot and attempted to hide.
Officers located and detained Carranza without incident. The investigation showed that Carranza had retrieved a .45 caliber handgun that belonged to his wife during a verbal dispute and fired the gun into the air.
No one was injured and Carranza was arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm.