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Man convicted of killing Malibu girl in suicide attempt

Emily Shane, 13, is seen in this undated file photo.

May 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man accused of crashing his car and killing a young girl in a botched suicide attempt has been convicted of second-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Sina Khankhanian was despondent because he'd lost his job and drove his car into Emily Shane in Malibu in April 2010. The 13-year-old girl died at the scene.

Khankhanian's first trial ended in a mistrial in January. The girl's parents are relieved.

"The jury finally saw the truth and got justice for Emily," said Michael Shane, the girl's father. "And it won't bring her back, but at least we can close this chapter and move on."

Khankhanian faces up to 16 years to life in prison. He'll be sentenced June 15.