"This is your classic case of gang warfare and retaliation. There was no other reason to kill Mr. [David Petrosyan]," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Darrell Mavis, who intends to ask Superior Court Judge Mark V. Mooney to sentence [Jose Argueta] to life in prison. "The defendant set out on a mission to kill. He talked about how he was going to do a walk-up killing. Then, he executed Mr. Petrosyan."
As part of his defense, Argueta had claimed that he did not shoot Petrosyan. On Monday jurors watched a videotaped interrogation in which Argueta said that he "gave a mission" to "Sappo," a new member of White Fence, to carry out the killing.
Although the name Armen Petrosyan may mean little in the Armenian communities of Hollywood and Glendale, a mention of his street name-- Silent--brings instant recognition to many.