Long Beach Independent, April 12, 1974,
Tfeen gets 5-to-lif in holdup-shooting A 19-year-old Los Angeles Angeles man was sentenced Thursday to five years to life imprisonment for a robbery-shooting at Los Angeles International Airport Airport that left a Rolling Hills auto dealer paralyzed paralyzed f r o m the waist down. Marion Lee Battiste, who was arrested by an airport security guard moments after Gerald Webber, 35, his son, Cory, 10, and William Kinsel, 45, of Glendale, were assaulted assaulted in the parking lot, was sentenced in Torrance Superior Superior Court. Frederick Jones, 17, who stood trial with Battiste Battiste on two counts of robbery robbery and two- counts of assault, is scheduled to be sentenced April 25. Jones, of Los Angeles, was arrested arrested last Oct. 24 in Woodland, 18 miles southeast southeast of Sacramento, six weeks after the Sept. 10 shooting. A third suspect, Jai Myron Barksdale, 16, of Los Angeles, was indicted Oct. 4 along with Battiste and Jones. He 'is still at large. Webber and his family had just returned from vacation in Hawaii, police said, and the man and son were walking toward their car when they were accosted by three youths who apparently followed them into a garage. The two were forced to kneel while Webber's pockets were rifled, detectives detectives said. At the same time, Kinsel came upon the scene and he too forced to kneel. Webber then was shot twice in chest and one of the bul-. lets severed his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed paralyzed from the waist down. Webber's son was shot in the chest, but later recovered. Kinsel suffered minor injuries when he was beaten over the head with a nightstick by one the robbers who was disappointed with the contents contents of his wallet.