STUDIO CITY—The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that Robert Andrew Falcon has been sentenced to 16 years in state prison for the shooting death of tattoo artist Michael Christopher Pebley.

According to a press release from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, the 40-year-old tattoo artist who was known as “Trigz” was shot to death on October 9, 2014 near his North Hollywood tattoo shop as stated by the prosecutor. Officers from the LAPD arrived on the scene at around 5:50 p.m. on the 6300 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, where Pebley was found lying on the sidewalk.

Falcon and Pebley were arguing and “exchanging blows” inside a shop next to the tattoo business before the fight moved onto the sidewalk. Falcon produced a handgun and shot the victim before fleeing the scene of the crime.  Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics arrived and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

Deputy District Attorney Jason Quirino said Falcon pleaded no contest on November 17, 2015 to one count of voluntary manslaughter and admitted that he used a firearm in the killing.

The 32-year-old Los Angeles defendant was sentenced on December 14. The North Hollywood Division of the Los Angeles Police Department investigated the case.

By Donald Roberts and Berenice Famili