Anurag Chandra sentenced to life imprisonment

Anurag Chandra sentenced to life imprisonment

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Left: This booking photo released by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department shows Anurag Chandra, 42, of Corona, Calif., Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. A jury found Chandra guilty Friday, April 28, 2023 of the murder of three teenagers. boys after they pranked him by ringing the doorbell in 2020. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department via AP, File). Right: A California Highway Patrol (CHP) Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) officer investigates the scene of a fatal accident in the Temescal Valley, south of Corona, California, on Monday, January 20, 2020. A jury found a Southern California man guilty on Friday, April 28, 2023 of murdering three teenagers after they pranked him by ringing the doorbell in 2020. (Watchara Phomicinda/ The Orange County Register via AP, File).

A 45-year-old California man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for overturning a car full of children who rang his doorbell and ran away – also known as ding-dong-ditch – by doing driving their car off the road and killing three 16-year-old boys.

Riverside County Judge Valerie Navarro on Friday ordered Anurag Chandra to serve the maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2020 murders of teenagers Jacob Ivascu, Drake Ruiz and Daniel Hawkins, the authorities said. authorities.

A Riverside County jury took just three hours in April to find Chandra guilty of three counts of murder, prosecutors said in a news release.

“The lives of countless families will never be the same because of one man’s anger, callousness and outrageous conduct, and I am grateful to Judge Navarro for imposing the maximum sentence in this case. “Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said in a statement. the sentencing hearing.

According to the press release, the fatal crash happened on the night of Jan. 19, 2020, on Temescal Canyon Road, about 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Ivascu, Ruiz and Hawkins were all killed, while 18-year-old Toyota Prius driver Sergio Campusano and two boys, aged 13 and 14, were seriously injured in the crash but ultimately survived .

The boys were having a slumber party and eventually dared one of the friends to “ditch the doorbell”, prosecutors said. The victims and their companions then drove to a nearby home, according to a California Highway Patrol investigation.

Arriving at Chandra’s home on Modjeska Summit Road, one of the boys rang the doorbell of a house and ran towards the Prius. Chandra, who claimed one of the boys flashed his ass before running off, then got into his 2019 Infinity Q50 and chased the Prius.

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