Two men were sentenced to six years in state prison on Monday for the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy at Sunset View Park in Chula Vista.
Deonte Martinez, 24, and Larry Bradford, 19 pleaded guilty in Chula Vista Superior Court in August to voluntary manslaughter for the March 11, 2021 death of Caleb Beasley in the Chula Vista community of Eastlake. They also pleaded guilty to allegations of using a firearm.
According to authorities Bradford and a 16-year-old boy were arrested on March 22, 2021, in connection with the shooting, but the status of the juvenile’s case was not immediately available. Three days later, Martinez turned himself in at Chula Vista police headquarters.
Police said officers responded to the park at around 7:30 p.m. to investigate reports of gunfire and found the victim on the ground, mortally wounded. Paramedics transported the victim to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
“The investigation has shown the victim went to the park before the shooting with several acquaintances,’' Chula Vista police Lt. Dan Peak said at the time. “While at the park, a physical fight took place between the group(s). After the fight, two subjects brandished handguns and began shooting the victim.”