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Accomplice in Singrin Murder Sentenced

October 20, 1985

LONG BEACH — A Superior Court judge has sentenced a 33-year-old man to 20 years to life for the May, 1983, shotgun murder of Long Beach City College student Lise Singrin.

Arthur Jacobs was sentenced Oct. 10 by Judge D. Sterry Fagan for the murder of Singrin and the beating of her mother, Jean.

Testimony showed Jacobs was the accomplice of the trigger man, Thomas Owen, who was sentenced to a 21-years-to-life term last month. Owen, 27, and Jacobs were convicted Aug. 5 of first degree murder and assault, as well as firearm charges.

The convictions hinged on testimony given by Jean Singrin, who survived a fierce beating. She said during the trial that the face of Owen and voice of Jacobs were "etched" in her memory.

Attorneys for the two men said Owen was working on an offshore oil rig and Jacobs was helping his invalid mother in Desert Hot Springs when the murder occurred.

According to testimony, the two men broke into the Singrin home in Lakewood Village and began beating Lise across the face with a shotgun. When Jean Singrin went to her daughter's aid, she also was beaten. The mother blacked out when the shotgun went off, killing Lise Singrin.

After the murder, the Singrin family circulated more than 70,000 leaflets bearing a picture of Lise and composite drawings of her attackers. Helped in part by tips received because of the leaflets, police in November, 1984, arrested Owen and Jacobs.

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