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Gang Violence Claimed Man Who Tried to Change; Crime: The conviction of his killer closes the final chapter in the story of a former Armenian Power leader who was slain in inter-ethnic strife.
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Murders & murder attempts; Violent crime; Gangs; Investigations
Author: Krikorian, Michael
Date: Feb 2, 2001
Start Page: B.1
Section: Metro; PART- B; PART-; Metro Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

"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.

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