Norwalk man faces life in prison for drive-by shooting that killed teen

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NORWALK — A Norwalk man faces life in prison when he is sentenced this summer for his role in a drive-by shooting that killed a teenager in Bellflower four years ago.

Brian Jesse Altamirez, 23, was convicted last October of first-degree murder. His sentencing is scheduled for June 25, where he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

His co-defendant, 37-year-old Jesus Chavez of Los Angeles, also was found guilty last October. On Monday he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Chavez killed 17-year-old Sitani Sialeuvea in a drive-by shooting on Halloween night in 2015. The victim was standing in front of a mobile home park in the 16100 block of Bellflower Blvd. when Chavez shot at Sialeuvea with a shotgun from a car.

Sialeuvea died at a local hospital.

Chavez was located a day later and arrested. Prosecutors said Altamirez provided the shotgun to Chavez for use in the killing.

Staff Report