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  1. #1
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    Apr 2009
    Long Beach, California

    CA - Renato Teniente, 60, robbed & killed, Long Beach, 22 Nov 1995


    September 19, 2013

    LONG BEACH >> Nearly two decades after a 60-year-old pizza delivery man was gunned down in his vehicle, authorities announced Thursday they have arrested two suspects in the crime, including one already serving a life sentence for murder.

    Venda Johnson, 35, who is in Buena Vista State Prison in Colorado for a murder conviction, and James Lemon, 34, were arrested in connection with the shooting death of Renato Teniente on Nov. 22, 1995, police officials said.

    FBI agents arrested Lemon on Thursday morning in Las Vegas. Both men were 17 at the time of the killing.

    Authorities contacted Teniente’s daughter, Ressie Christopherson of Northern California, his only living relative, to give her the news.

    “She was ecstatic,” said Sgt. Erik Herzog with the Long Beach Police Homicide Bureau. “It kind of came out of left field for her, and she was very happy to hear there were arrests in the case.”

  2. #2
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    Feb 2010
    Are the ages listed their current ages ? I didn't read the link, but we're they 15 and 14 when they killed the delivery driver ??

  3. #3
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    Sep 2014
    After nearly 20 years and a mistrial earlier this year, two men accused of killing a pizza delivery man in Long Beach will stand trial next week.

    The defendants, James Lemon and Venda Johnson, both 35, face one count each of attempted robbery and one count of murder with special circumstances in the Nov. 22, 1995 slaying of Renato Teniente, who was fatally shot in his car on E. 55th Way in Long Beach.

    Lemon and Johnson will be tried in the courtroom of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Tomson Ong on Nov. 20.

  4. #4
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    Apr 2013

    The Long Beach Police Department Cold Case Unit’s latest victory came on a rainy, overcast day in early December as the saga of a nearly 20-year-old murder came to a close.

    About 19 years after Renato Teniente was gunned down in North Long Beach after delivering a pizza, a jury found two men guilty of the killing.

    James Lemon and Venda Johnson, both 35, were both convicted of first- degree murder for the Nov. 22, 1995, killing of Renato Teniente. Jurors also found true a special circumstance allegation of murder in the commission of an attempted robbery.

    They both face life in prison without the possibility of parole when they are sentenced Jan. 20...

    Lemon and Johnson did not face the death penalty for the Long Beach killing because they were both 17 at the time of the crime.

  5. #5
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    Apr 2013
    From January:


    Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Tomson T. Ong sentenced James Lemon to 25 years to life in state prison. Lemon’s co-defendant, Venda Johnson, was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole...

    Johnson was located in a Colorado prison, where he was already serving a life sentence for a triple murder.

  6. #6
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    May 2013
    Venda Johnson and James Lemon were arrested last fall in connection with the 1995 murder of 60-year-old Long Beach resident Renato Teniente, who was gunned down while delivering pizza in the 2600 block of East 55th Way, police said.

    Detectives learned that Teniente was shot by two men in an attempted robbery, but the case went cold when witnesses wouldn't cooperate.

    The Cold Case Unit reopened the investigation in 2012 and detectives began reviewing all aspects of the case and re-interviewing witnesses.

    Detectives identified Johnson, 35, of Compton and Lemon, 34, of Long Beach as suspects. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed attempted robbery and murder charges in September, and the two are awaiting trial.

    Johnson was serving a life sentence in Buena Vista State Prison in Colorado for a murder conviction and was extradited to Long Beach.

    The two are expected to appear Wednesday in Long Beach Superior Court.


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