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Javier Bolden, right, sits with his defense attorney, Andrew Goldman, during his trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court. (Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)

LOS ANGELES – A judge convicted a 22-year-old man Monday of first degree murder in the shooting deaths of two USC graduate students.

Javier Bolden was the second defendant charged in the April 11, 2012, killing of Ming Qu and Ying Wu, both 23-year-old engineering students from China while they sat parked in their BMW about a mile from campus.

Prosecutors said, Bolden and his partner Bryan Barnes were trying to rob the students before they were shot and killed.

Barnes was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in a plea deal to avoid the death penalty for his role in the crime. Bolden is expected to be sentenced Nov. 17.

According to the Associated Press, USC has added 60 security cameras on campus since 2012. In addition, the Los Angeles Police Department has also added at least 30 more police officers to the school’s security detail.

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