HOLLYWOOD—The suspect responsible for murdering a woman in Hollywood in 2016 was sentenced to life in prison on Monday, June 5 without the possibility of parole, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced in a press release.
On July 5, 2015, Ezeoma Chigozie Obioha, 32, shot and killed Carrie Melvin, 30, as she walked with her boyfriend near Sunset Boulevard and McCadden Place at around 10 p.m. She was shot in the back of the head by Obioha with a shotgun. The suspect owed the victim money for marketing work that she completed for his business. Melvin worked as a Social Media Manager for W2W Media in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry sentenced Obioha to a prison term of 25-years-to life. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee of the Major Crimes Division.
Obioha was convicted by jurors in December 2016 of one count of first-degree murder and jurors found true a special circumstance allegation that the murder was committed for financial gain. They also found true a gun allegation. The case was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.