California Man Receives Maximum Sentence for Road Rage Killing of 6-Year-Old

Aiden Leos’ Killer Sentenced to 40 Years to Life

Los Angeles, California – A California man has received the maximum sentence for the 2021 road rage shooting that tragically took the life of a young boy.

Deadly Encounter During Morning Commute

Marcus Anthony Eriz, 26, was sentenced on Friday to 40 years to life in prison for the murder of 6-year-old Aiden Leos. The horrific incident occurred in May 2021 while Aiden was on his way to kindergarten with his mother. A simple gesture of frustration, a middle finger shown by Aiden’s mother during a road rage altercation, escalated into an irreversible tragedy.

Gunfire Cuts Short a Young Life

Eriz retaliated by firing a single shot from his car, striking Aiden who was buckled up in his car seat. The bullet pierced through the vehicle, fatally injuring the innocent child. Eriz and his girlfriend, Wynne Lee, fled the scene, leaving behind a family shattered by grief.

Manhunt Ends in Arrests

A statewide manhunt ensued, and authorities apprehended Eriz and Lee two weeks later. Eriz faced trial in January 2024, resulting in a guilty verdict on charges of second-degree murder and shooting at an occupied vehicle.

Lee Awaits Trial

Lee, Eriz’s girlfriend, awaits a separate trial on charges of accessory after the fact and possession of a concealed firearm in a vehicle. She has pleaded not guilty to the accusations.

Remorse Expressed by Defendant

Eriz, for the first time, expressed remorse for his actions during his sentencing hearing. He offered a brief apology to Aiden’s family, acknowledging the innocent life he took and the immense pain he inflicted.