Gunman in failed North Park robbery sentenced
SAN DIEGO — A man who shot a 62-year-old woman in the back after a failed robbery in an alley near her North Park home was sentenced Friday to 32 years to life in state prison.
Kenneth Ozua, 38, was convicted earlier this year of attempted murder with the use of a gun.
Deputy District Attorney Melissa Vasel said the shooting took place about 1:30 p.m. on June 12, 2014, when the victim was picking up her 90-year-old mother to take her to the dentist.
She was putting something in the trunk of her car when Ozua pulled up with his wife in their SUV and asked for directions, Vasel said. As the victim went back to her car, Ozua pointed a 9mm gun at her, demanding her purse, the prosecutor said.
The scared victim took off running, and Ozua shot her in the back, then drove off, according to Vasel.
Thanks to a partial license plate number, police were able to identify the defendant, who was arrested four days later as he tried to come back into the United States with his brother, the prosecutor said.
His wife remains at large, Vasel said.