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Three men sentenced in 2014 massage parlor robbery, slaying

A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to 90 years and four months to life in prison for killing a companion during an argument over money stolen in an Arden Arcade massage parlor robbery.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Sharon Lueras on Friday sentenced Devonte Graham to prison for second-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Jemahl Loharsingh of Sacramento. A jury also found that Graham intentionally discharged a firearm, causing the victim’s death.

In addition, Graham and co-defendants Ira Swanson, 24, and Daquan Cooper, 23, were convicted of two counts of second-degree robbery, personal use of a firearm during the robbery and being felons in possession of firearms, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. Judge Lueras on Sept. 9 sentenced Swanson to 30 years and four months in prison and Cooper to 20 years in prison.

On Dec. 15, 2014, Graham, Swanson and Cooper entered a massage parlor on El Camino Avenue. All three were armed with handguns, which they pointed at two women who were working in the business, authorities said. Swanson repeatedly struck one of the women in the head with his gun while demanding property from her, and Graham struck the other woman in the head with his handgun.

The three men fled with stolen cash and property to a sport-utility vehicle that was waiting outside. Loharsingh was sitting inside the SUV during the robbery. When Graham didn’t want to give any of the stolen money to Loharsingh, the two got into an argument and Graham shot Loharsingh five times, killing him, authorities said.

According to a story in The Sacramento Bee, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department received calls reporting gunshots at Church Avenue and Bell Street. When deputies arrived, they were directed to Loharsingh, who was lying on the ground in the 2300 block of Church Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prosecutors said Graham has a previous 2011 strike conviction for residential burglary under California’s “three-strikes” law. Swanson was convicted in 2012 of robbery, and Cooper was on probation for felony gun possession at the time of this offense.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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