California Man Sentenced in Murder of 4-Year-Old

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) -- A judge has sentenced a California man to 75 years to life in prison for killing a 4-year-old boy and torturing a 17-month-old girl.

Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Edward Bullard sentenced 30-year-old James Lujan of Lompoc on Thursday, after hearing from family members of the 4-year-old victim.

The Santa Maria Times reports the judge said he listened to Lujan's testimony and saw no indication of remorse.

A jury convicted Lujan of second-degree murder in the 2009 killing of Diego Calles, after prosecutors presented evidence that the defendant became annoyed with the boy's potty-training issues and speech impediment, and beat him.

The jury also convicted Lujan of torturing a 17-month-old girl in 2006.
Both victims were children of women Lujan dated.


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