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2 Women Sentenced in Shooting Death of Young Father Outside Church

Two women were sentenced to lengthy prison terms Friday in connection with the killing of a man outside a church in the Westlake district four years ago.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge sentenced Janeth Lopez, 25, to 40 years to life in prison and Ivy Navarrete, 34, to 60 years to life for their involvement in the 2012 shooting death of 25-year-old Andrez Ordonez. Both women were convicted last year of one count each of second-degree murder, attempted murder and vandalism.

According to prosecutors, on Nov. 4, 2012, Lopez was spray-painting the walls of the Principe de Paz church in the 3000 block of West Beverly Boulevard at about 6:30 p.m. when Ordonez and another member of the church left services to ask what she was doing.

A man, later identified as Pedro Martinez, was waiting in the getaway car and opened fire on the two churchgoers, killing Ordonez. Navarrete was behind the wheel and helped Martinez escape, prosecutors said.

Martinez was previously sentenced to 100 years to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder and other charges.

At the time of the shooting, Ordonez had a 1-year-old son and his widow was three months pregnant.

Lopez and Navarrete are expected to appeal their convictions. Martinez is also appealing his conviction.

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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