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Shooter gets life without parole

Judge rebukes Joshua Blount for shooting five men in the back. Blount’s mother maintains that he is innocent of the killing.

August 15, 2008|By Joseph Serna

“The only pain you can turn off right now is that of your family. You can’t bring back Israel, you can’t heal the wounds of all the people you shot that night. The only thing you can do to make this right is be honest with yourself and your family. That’s on you. That’s on you. I hope sometime you find the courage to ease your mother’s pain and tell her the truth.”

Judge Daniel McNerney

“They sent an innocent person to prison. The real killer is outside. I believe in God, and I wait for justice.”

Angelica Blount

Joshua’s mother

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“I cannot find how to express in words the way I can compare the great pain for the loss of my son Israel. I’m always depressed. I think I’ll remain like this for the rest of my life until God allows me to leave.”

Augustina Mendoza

Maciel’s mother

“Israel was not the kind of person who could hurt anyone. He was a good person with a big heart.”

Bernice Contreras

Maciel’s cousin


JOSEPH SERNA may be reached at (714) 966-4619 or at joseph.serna@latimes.com.

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