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Fourth person found guilty in LA murder of Chinese student Ji Xinran, who was brutally beaten with a wrench and baseball bat

  • Albert Ochoa is the fourth person convicted in the 2014 attack on 24-year-old engineering student Ji Xinran
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 December, 2018, 12:27pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 December, 2018, 10:36pm

A 21-year-old man was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in the beating death of a University of Southern California graduate student from China.

Albert Ochoa is the fourth person convicted in the 2014 attack on 24-year-old engineering student Ji Xinran.

Ochoa and three others attacked Ji while trying to rob him as he was walking home from a study group near the USC campus on June 24, 2014, prosecutors said.

Ji was beaten with a wrench and a baseball bat. After the attack, Ji staggered to his off-campus flat and was later found dead.

Alejandra Guerrero and Andrew Garcia are serving life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder in the case.

A third man, Jonathan Del Carmen, is serving 15 years to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

During Garcia’s sentencing last year, Ji’s father, Ji Songbo, sobbed as he told the court that his son was killed viciously.

“People like our age are now prepping their daughter’s and their son’s wedding, and their life is full of joy,” he said in Mandarin.

“But every day instead for us we are paying tribute to our son, crying.”

Ochoa faces life in prison at his sentencing on March 8.

After their attack on Ji, prosecutors said Ochoa and the others drove to Dockweiler State Beach and robbed a man and a woman.

The jury also found Ochoa guilty of assault with a deadly weapon and robbery in that attack.