2 sentenced in slaying of 3-year-old in Oakland

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Updated: 7/23 9:24 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Two men will spend the rest of their lives behind bars for their roles in a drive-by shooting that killed a 3-year-old boy in Oakland.

An Alameda County judge on Wednesday sentenced 29-year-old Lawrence Denard to 137 years to life in prison and 25-year-old Willie Torrence to 121 years to life for the fatal shooting of Carlos Nava.

Jurors found Denard and Torrence guilty of murder last month. The men were also convicted of attempted murder.

Nava's death in 2011 sparked widespread outrage. The child was in a stroller outside an east Oakland strip mall when he was struck in the neck by a stray bullet intended for two men nearby.

Authorities say Denard fired the shots that killed the boy and Torrence was driving the car.

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