LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) --A second man was convicted in the murder of a beloved grandmother and put behind bars for good.
After seven long years, the sentence finally came down Thursday for a convicted murderer who robbed and stabbed to death a 76-year-old woman in Long Beach back in 2009.
For years, the case went cold until a new lead helped convict Freddie Battle and a man named Daniia Lasean Davis of murder. Davis was sentenced last month, and both received life without the possibility of parole. The men showed little emotion in court.
Leam Sovonasy immigrated to the United States from Cambodia with her family. Although not present at the sentencing, her family gave an emotional testimony last month at Davis' sentencing.
"She was literally our world, and taking that away from us is something that is unforgivable...It's painful thinking about it still because we miss her every day," Tamatha Bunma, the victim's granddaughter.
Battle's attorney tried to ask the judge to review more evidence from the case for a new trial but was denied.
After Judge Otto read the sentence of life without the possibility of parole, Freddie Battle's attorneys filed for an appeal.