Brandon Colbert Jr will spend the rest of life behind bars for the yet unexplained fatal shooting of a 26-year-old mother and her four-year-old daughter at Long Beach, Calif, in Aug 2016
Los Angeles County deputies tackled a convicted murderer on Friday as he tried to get up and leave the courtroom instead of listening to family members of the 4-year-old girl and mother whom he ambushed and killed in Long Beach in 2016.
Brandon Ivan Colbert was convicted last week on two counts of first-degree murder for gunning down Carina Mancera and her daughter, Jennabel Anaya, near the intersection of Locust Avenue and Ninth Street, according to prosecutors.
They also found the 23-year-old guilty of attempted murder for shooting at, but missing Jennabel’s father, Luis Anaya, who was a short distance behind his family as they walked to their apartment after a groceries shopping trip.
On Friday, a judge was set to sentence Colbert to life in prison, as part of the process, victims’ friends and family members are allowed to make statements, but Colbert said he didn’t want to hear it.
“You have to sit here,” Judge Jesse Rodriguez said. “Everybody listened to you before; you’re going to listen to them now.”
Colbert, who is representing himself, interrupted repeatedly.
“No, get me out of here,” he said. “I don’t care about that stuff.”
When the judge ordered him to stop, Colbert, whose hands were shackled, tried to get up from his chair.
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia,left, and Police Chief Robert Luna announce the arrest of Brandon Colbert in connection with the August 2016 killings of 26-year-old Carina Mancera and her 4-year-old daughter, Jennabel Anaya.
Two deputies tried to force him back into a sitting position, but he kept struggling.
He wriggled out of the chair onto the table in front of him until deputies tackled him onto the floor and asked spectators to leave the courtroom.
Outside, Jennabel and Mancera’s family members, some crying, waited to have their say.
More than a dozen people showed up to watch the sentencing. Some wore shirts with a picture of the mother and daughter.
When the hearing resumed, Colbert was restrained in a “safety chair,” with the judge telling him it was “because of your disruption.” Rodriguez subsequently denied Colbert’s request that the rest of the hearing not be recorded by a television news crew.
The judge sentenced Colbert to two consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole in the double murder.
Colbert was also sentenced to another life term for the attempted murder of the girl’s father, along with 75 years to life for personally discharging a firearm.
Authorities were never able to find any motive for the slayings. There was no known connection between Colbert and the family, according to prosecutors.
Colbert is reported to have taken a bus to Southern California from his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma just days before the killings.
The suspect spurned aid from legal counsel during the trial where prosecutors. Ultimately he lost his case as prosecution presented video footage of the slayings and phone records tying him to the scene. His DNA also matched evidence found on a shotgun shell.
After the shooting on Aug. 6, 2016, the mystery of who would target a 4-year-old girl and her mother drew intense attention, leaving investigator s with few leads.
Eventually investigators scoured hundreds of hours of video from security cameras at nearby homes and businesses, found footage of the murders.
Luis Anaya [left], was with his partner Carina Mancera and their 4-year-old daughter, Jennabel when Colbert struck. The killer also shot at him, but missed
While police hunted Colbert he was already behind bars.
After the shooting, Colbert headed to Santa Monica, where he stole a car, and on Aug. 27, 2016, and was arrested.
After his arrest, authorities took a swab of Colbert’s DNA, and in late October, the countywide crime lab notified Long Beach police that it matched DNA found on a shotgun shell at the scene of the shooting.
He was subsequently charged him with the two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
After a few appearances in court, Colbert who reportedly has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, opted to defend himself instead of getting help from an attorney. Leading to some outlandish courtroom antics.
He often accused authorities of treating him unfairly and implied there was a larger conspiracy at play, calling the justice system a “programmed machine.”
His go-to move during the trial was repeatedly asking witnesses if they’d ever fabricated evidence. He insisted the accusations against him were full of “Hollywood type happenings.” He even called a photo of Mancera’s body taken by medical examiners a fake: “Is this a false or wax body, or is this body even real as far as Hollywood type of tactics?” he said.
Colbert in court, showed no remorse for his crimes
In May last year, authorities put the case against Colbert on hold when judge Rodriguez questioned whether Colbert was mentally competent to face the charges.
Rodriguez ordered Colbert into treatment, but after a short stint at a state mental hospital, the judge decided in October the defendant was competent to stand trial.
There was no end to his drama outside court either, in the months before his trial, Colbert refused to eat meals provided to him by jailers, and insisted on only drinking bottled water.
At one hearing, Colbert collapsed as he left the courtroom.
He also refused to shower, according to authorities. During trial, court staff placed air-fresheners around the room to try to cover up the pronounced odor.
Prosecutors could have pursued the death penalty against Colbert but decided against it.
As deputies subdued Colbert on the ground Friday morning, he kept talking, yelling out that ‘this is fake’