SAN DIEGO—A man who robbed and killed the owner of a Skyline convenience market in San Diego was sentenced to three life terms plus an additional 18 years in state prison.
Charzel Shears, 36, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Michael Smyth in the 1996 Moonlite Market shooting death of Sleiman “Pops” Hallak and the attempted murder of two others who were present in the store.
He was convicted by a jury in November of one count of murder with the special circumstance of robbery, two counts of premeditated attempted murder and of using a gun in the commission of the offenses.
“Nothing can bring back the life of Sleiman “Pops” Hallak, but today’s prison sentence is a measure of justice for the victim’s family and the defendant is being held accountable for his crimes.” District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said.
“Pops” Hallak was shot and killed in April 1996, when Shears ran into the Moonlite Market wearing a ski mask and armed with a gun. He demanded money then shot Hallak three times. Shears also shot at a cigar salesman and an employee who were in the market at the time. Those two men were not injured. Hallak was a popular shop owner in the Skyline area.