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Man Gets 57 Years in Prison for Fatal Shooting in Glendale

Man Gets 57 Years in Prison for Fatal Shooting in Glendale

An inmate looks out from prison bars. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

City News Service

City News Service

7/21/2023

Updated: 7/21/2023

A man was sentenced to 57 years to life in state prison on July 20 for a shooting at a Glendale restaurant in which a 20-year-old man was killed and a 10-year-old boy was struck in the arm by a bullet fragment.
David Rodriguez, now 23, was convicted on May 30 of first-degree murder for the May 20, 2020, killing of Teodik Atanes, along with one count of assault with a firearm involving the boy, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The shooting occurred at El Sauz Tacos in the 4400 block of San Fernando Road, according to Glendale police.
Mr. Atanes, who was shot in the torso and the left upper back, died that day at a hospital, according to records from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office. The 10-year-old was released after being treated at a hospital, police said.
Mr. Rodriguez was arrested by Glendale police less than two months later. He has remained behind bars since then, jail records show.
Co-defendant Liana Mkrtchyan, 24, was initially charged with murder along with Mr. Rodriguez. She subsequently pleaded no contest to an accessory charge and was sentenced to two years formal probation and a suspended three-year state prison term, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
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