Man sentenced to life in shooting of DBHS teacher’s son

Almost two years ago, 8-year-old boy Jonah Hwang, adopted son of Diamond Bar High School engineering teacher Johnny Hwang, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Pomona. Tuesday, the man responsible for the murder was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

The convicted 37-year-old man, Sengchan Houl, was found guilty of first degree murder and other counts after less than two hours of jury deliberation in December, according to the Los Angeles Times. According to prosecutors, this was just one of four shootings that Houl was connected to involving  the house on West 11th Street. Houl did not speak at his sentencing and there were no victim impact statements given by friends or family to describe the effect and impact of this crime during the court trial, according to NBC News.

The killing took place in February 2017, three years after the Hwang family adopted him from an orphanage in Taiwan and brought the boy to America. Jonah was at a family friend’s home eating dinner when Houl fired three shots from a motor vehicle, striking the boy.  He later died in the hospital.