A California man accused of killing three teenagers by deliberately ramming their car after they framed him has been found guilty of murder.
Anurag Chandra was convicted in a Riverside County court of three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder.
“The murder of these young men was a horrendous and senseless tragedy for our community. I thank the jury for their verdict. This is an important step towards justice,” said county district attorney Mike Hestrin, reports Breaking News.
The victims, all 16 years old, were among six teenagers in a Toyota Prius on Jan. 19, 2020, when Chandra ran her vehicle off the road and fled, prosecutors said.
The driver of the Prius lost control and the sedan crashed into a tree in the Temescal Valley, about 60 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
The friends challenged a boy to jump into a pool or play ding-dong at night.
Chandra, who did not know the teenagers, testified in court that one of the boys rang his doorbell and dropped his boot before running away, according to The Riverside Press-Enterprise, reports Breaking News.
Chandra said he followed him because he feared for the safety of his family and wanted to vent his anger. He said he was “really pissed off” by the prank.
Chandra also testified that he drank 12 beers in the hours before the crash, the newspaper reported.
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