3rd man gets decades in prison for fatal San Carlos home invasion

SAN DIEGO -- A man who was part of a crew that broke into a San Carlos home, triggering a scuffle and the fatal shooting of a resident, was sentenced Friday to nearly 39 years in state prison.

Lawrence Johnson, 28, was convicted in August of first-degree murder and other counts in the death of 33-year-old Brent Adler on May 11 of last year.

Deputy District Attorney Amy Maund said Johnson, Toren Nieber, Elliott Grizzle and possibly others broke into the home in broad daylight, demanding money and marijuana.

The intruders tied up, robbed and blindfolded two of Adler's roommates, then shot the victim when he arrived home after 2:30 p.m.

Grizzle was convicted in March of murder, robbery and burglary and was sentenced to 159 years to life behind bars. Nieber was convicted of the same charges and was sentenced to 90 years to life.

“It’s been a long road, but one that I’m glad is over,” Mitch Adler, the father of the victim, said.

Mitch Adler was robbed of a son who had big plans for the future.

“He had no children. He wasn’t married. He didn’t have time to have any type of life. So that’s one thing that he wanted,” Adler said. “There’s no such thing as closure for me. I have his pictures all over the house. It’s real difficult every day."

Adler said he is happy justice has been served and he hopes the healing process will now begin.

“I hope in the future everything will be good and we’ll settle back down to a normal life again, and I’ll be ready for it,” Adler said.

After Friday's sentencing Johnson's mother hugged Mr. Adler.