Prosecutors say a homeless man has been sentenced to 16 years to life in prison for the 2009 mutilation killing of another man at a downtown Los Angeles homeless encampment.
Deputy District Attorney Hilary Williams says Timothy Mark Bishop was sentenced Friday after pleading no contest to second-degree murder. Bishop also admitted that he personally used a weapon, a broken bottle, in the attack on Robert Burrus.
Evidence presented during a preliminary hearing revealed Bishop killed Burrus after the victim refused to lend him money to buy rock cocaine.
When Burrus refused, Williams says Bishop broke a malt liquor bottle over his head, then slashed his throat and cut up his eyes. Prosecutors say Bishop then took the money and used it to buy rock cocaine throughout the night.