A 49-year-old Signal Hill man was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole after he was convicted of killing two men, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced last week.
Deputy District Attorney Julian Recana, who prosecuted the case, said on July 2 a jury found Jeffrey Means guilty of the first-degree murder of Ronald Henry, 67, and the second-degree murder of Hal Dean Shaw, 48.
Jurors also found true the special-circumstance allegation of multiple murders. Additionally, they found true that Means used a jack stand and knife in the commission of the crimes.
The prosecutor said Shaw was discovered bludgeoned to death in his home on June 12, 1996. Eleven years later, Henry was found stabbed multiple times in the neck. The defendant was interviewed by police after Henry’s death and then arrested in connection with the killing, the prosecutor said.
After further investigation, law-enforcement connected Means to Shaw’s slaying, and the defendant was additionally charged with his murder.
In both murders, Means was friends with the victims and the last person to be seen with them before they died, the prosecutor added. DNA evidence also linked the defendant to the crimes.
The cases were investigated by the Whittier and Long Beach police departments.
Source: LA County DA’s Office