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June 1, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The oldest active criminal case in Los Angeles County ended Thursday when former gang leader Virgil Byars was sentenced to 49 years to life in state prison for two fatal drive-by shootings. Byars, 27, turned himself in nearly eight years ago and has been behind bars ever since.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The oldest active criminal case in Los Angeles County ended Thursday when former gang leader Virgil Byars was sentenced to 49 years to life in state prison for two fatal drive-by shootings. Byars, 27, turned himself in nearly eight years ago and has been behind bars ever since.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shortly after 4 a.m. on Aug. 29, 1982, a young man named Virgil Byars telephoned police from a South Los Angeles telephone booth. "I would like to turn myself in," Byars told the voice that answered. "For murder." Nearly eight years have passed since that four-minute call, and Byars remains in County Jail without bail, his case unresolved.
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May 18, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In deciding what charges to file against Marlon Brando's son, prosecutors can choose from an array, ranging from first-degree murder to involuntary manslaughter, legal experts say. "They all begin as murder (charges) on homicide cases," said William Kunstler, the attorney retained to represent Christian Brando, who was arrested Thursday in the slaying of his half sister's Tahitian boyfriend. "This is clearly not going to end up as a murder case."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The waiting ended for former gang leader Virgil Byars on Monday when a jury convicted him of separate drive-by shootings that left two people dead and three injured eight years ago. After a week of deliberations, the six-man, six-woman jury found him guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
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