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Man sentenced to life in prison for killing 2 inside Corona movie theater

Gunman sentenced to life in prison for killing two teens inside Corona movie theater
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A 23-year-old man who fatally shot a young man and woman as they watched a movie at a Corona theater in 2021 has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Monday.

Joseph Jimenez was declared sane at the conclusion of a bench trial in December, clearing the way for his conviction of two counts of first-degree murder, special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and taking multiple lives, as well as sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.

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Defendant Joseph Jimenez appears in court during a plea hearing in Riverside, Calif., Sept. 27, 2021.  Watchara Phomicinda / AP

Jimenez had argued that he was insane at the time of the crime, but Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Hollenhorst found the defendant was mentally competent.

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Police said Jimenez shot 18-year-old Rylee Goodrich and 19-year-old Anthony Barajas during a showing of "The Forever Purge" at the Regal Edwards Corona Crossings movie theater. Goodrich was pronounced dead at the scene.  

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Barajas, who was on life support after the shooting, died later at the hospital, according to the Corona Police Department.

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Anthony Barajas, known online as itsanthonymichael, had nearly a million followers on TikTok, and more on other platforms. Instagram

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Authorities took Jimenez into custody while serving a search warrant in the 19000 block of Envoy Avenue in El Cerrito, outside Corona city limits. During the search, prosecutors say a handgun believed to have been used in the shooting was found by detectives.

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