SANTA ANA, Calif. – A Southern California man has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for his role in the robbery and beating death of a World War II veteran on Veteran's Day 2003.
Orange County prosecutors say 30-year-old John Kirk McKinney and his 30-year-old co-defendant Curtis James Hill targeted 77-year-old Cecil "Lucky" Warren while the handyman was cleaning a Huntington Beach bank parking lot.
Warren was severely beaten after interrupting Hill and McKinney inside a parked van.
City News Service says McKinney was convicted of second-degree murder and he was sentenced on Wednesday.
Hill was convicted of special circumstances first-degree murder and robbery and was sentenced to life without possibility of parole.