North Hills Man sentenced to life in prison for murdering wife, gay son

A 71-year-old man was sentenced today to two terms of life in state prison without the possibility of parole for stabbing his wife at their North Hills home and then shooting his son because he was gay, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Photo: iStock/JSmith

SAN FERNANDO — A 71-year-old man was sentenced today to two terms of life in state prison without the possibility of parole for stabbing his wife at their North Hills home and then shooting his son because he was gay, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a press statement.

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On September 28, a jury at the San Fernando Superior Courthouse found Shehadeh Khalil Issa guilty of two counts of willful, deliberate and premeditated murder with a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders.

The jury also found true a hate crime allegation and allegations of use of a knife and a shotgun as deadly weapons.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBT community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBT students.