LOS ANGELES : 2 Men Sentenced in Riot Assault, Burglary

Two men acquitted in the shooting death of a Long Beach motorcyclist during the riots were sentenced Monday to nearly six years in prison for assault and burglary charges in the incident.

Larry Williams, 24, and Fabian Nixon, 19, were sentenced in Los Angeles Superior Court by Judge Nancy Brown.

On April 30, Matthew Haines, 32, and his nephew, Scott Coleman, were knocked off Haines’ motorcycle by a mob that spilled onto Long Beach streets. After being assaulted and shot, Haines was killed. Coleman, 26, survived.


A jury in February acquitted the two men and a third defendant, Brent Lamar Jones, of murder, but convicted them of the lesser charges of assault and conspiracy to commit burglary. Jones, 17, was ordered to the California Youth Authority for evaluation because of his age. He is scheduled to be sentenced in June.

Brown sentenced Williams and Nixon each to 5 years, 8 months, and ordered them to pay $10,000 in restitution to the victims, including Coleman and looted Long Beach business owners.