Southern California Man Found Guilty Of Murdering Three Teens
RIVERSIDE, CA (IANS) – The man charged with ramming his car into a vehicle resulting in the deaths of three teens who were fleeing after one of them allegedly exposed himself at his house as a prank, has been found guilty.
Anurag Chandra, 45, was convicted in a court here on April 28 on three charges of murder in the deaths of three teens and attempted murder for the three teens who survived after their car was hit by his.
In January 2020, the group of teens were playing a prank and picked Chandra’s home as they thought teens lived there. One of them rang the doorbell of the house and pulled down his pants to expose his backside, reports said.
Chandra testified in court that he thought that the teen was a sex offender and feared for his 16-year-old daughter and his wife. He said that he followed the teen, who got into a car with the five others and chased them to “express my anger” but not with the intention of hurting them.
According to authorities and the teen driver Sergio Campusano interviewed by NBC, Chandra’s car hit their car from the back, and it hurtled off the road and hit a tree in Temescal Valley, about 100 km from Los Angeles.
Chandra drove at a speed of almost 160 kmph in a 65-mph zone, according to police. The Indian American who admitted to drinking 12 beers before the incident, could face a sentence of life without parole when he is sentenced in July.
The newspaper said that Chandra was the vice president of a company that distributes “essential oils” — plant extracts used as a scent in aromatherapy.