A 23-year-old man was sentenced today to life in prison for killing a mother and her young daughter outside their home in Long Beach two years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Brandon Ivan Colbert was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Last week, jurors found the defendant guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. The panel also found true the special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and multiple murders.
Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes of the Major Crimes Division prosecuted the case.
On Aug. 6, 2016, Carina Mancera, 26, was returning home with her 4-year-old daughter, Jennabel Anaya, and the girl’s father, Luis Anaya.
Colbert hid behind a sign and opened fire on the family with a shotgun, killing Mancera and her daughter. Colbert also fired at Anaya who was not wounded.
DNA evidence found on a shotgun shell tied Colbert to the crime, the prosecutor said.
Case NA105286 was investigated by the Long Beach Police Department.
Los Angeles District Attorney / Case NA105286 / February 2, 2018