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Beverly Hills Murder: Scott Joseph Barker Sentenced to Life in Prison

The murderer lay in wait, jurors find, a special-circumstance allegation that gets him an additional sentence of life without parole.

A 25-year-old man was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally stabbing a filmmaker's son in Beverly Hills.

Scott Joseph Barker was convicted in October of first-degree murder for the July 20, 2010, attack on Katsutoshi Tony Takazato—son of filmmaker Fuminori Hayashida—outside a home in the 1800 block of Carla Ridge in the Trousdale Estates area. Barker was dating the victim's ex-girlfriend, Chie Alexandra Coggins Johnson, prosecutors said.

Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Elden Fox gave Barker an additional sentence of life without parole because jurors found true a special-circumstance allegation of lying in wait. Prosecutors opted earlier not to seek the death penalty.

Johnson, who was initially charged along with Barker, pleaded no contest in February 2011 to assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to five years probation and a year already served in county jail.

The victim's father, who lives in Japan, did not attend Monday’s sentencing hearing, but he sent a letter that was read during the proceeding.

The filmmaker produced several late-1990s films, including Lured Innocence and No Strings Attached.

bcl March 12, 2013 at 06:18 PM
I think the sentence is a little harsh, no parole. A young boy from a good family, no past violence, seems too harsh to me. One young boy's life gone in jail and another young boy dead, so sad. And one girl by the name of Chie Alexander Coggins Johnson. So many names and so many lies. One person can make up lies on another person and she gets off on a plea bargin. What is wrong with our judicial system? It needs to be fixed. She should be in prison. She was at the scene of the murder and she lies and goes free. Watch out LA she will attack again. This whole case smells like fish to me. What kind of high up attorneys or others was Chie sleeping with? Is that why she was set free. Seems like Scott was framed to me. I feel sorry for the people out there that have to lay their heads down every night knowing that the wrong person was sent to prison. Someone will eventually come out and tell the truth. This harsh sentence was only given because it was in Beverly Hills. So sad.
carly G March 13, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Wow, he killed for her and she got off free with a slap on the wrist, what people will do for love..........
Tim Barston April 03, 2013 at 04:56 PM
no no i grew up with this freak and saw this coming a mile away surprised it didnt happen sooner so bcl go try to find something where you know what you're talking about you idiot
Ernest Aleman April 24, 2013 at 05:04 AM
Poor Scott

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