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Theater murderer who fatally shot TikTok influencer and his companion found guilty after insanity plea dismissed – Perez Hilton – Monomaxos

Theater murderer who fatally shot TikTok influencer and his companion found guilty after insanity plea dismissed – Perez Hilton – Monomaxos

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Joseph Jimenez Jr., the individual responsible for the tragic demise of a TikTok personality and his companion at a cinema in 2021, has been handed a lifetime prison sentence with no chance of parole.

The judgment was pronounced during a courtroom session on Monday. Additionally, Joseph received a 100-year-to-life prison term – with 25 years to life for each murder count and an additional 25 years to life for utilizing a firearm during the commission of a felony, as per The Orange County Register.

This incident occurred when the perpetrator shot two adolescents – social media sensation Anthony Barajas, aged 19, and his companion, Rylee Goodrich aged 18, at the Regal Edwards Corona Crossings Theaters in Corona, California while watching The perpetual purge. Their lifeless bodies were discovered only after the cinema staff arrived to clean the premises following the screening. Rylee passed away on-site, while Anthony succumbed to his injuries at the hospital a few days later.

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Initially pleading not guilty, 23-year-old Joseph eventually confessed to the crimes but pleaded insanity. During the trial held in December 2023, he professed that while dining with friends before the movie, he began hearing menacing voices threatening him. These auditory hallucinations persisted for months, leading him to acquire a firearm for his protection.

As the voices intensified throughout the movie, he retrieved the firearm from his vehicle. Subsequently, his friends left him at the cinema, where he engaged in mumbling and self-talk while they went to the washroom, according to testimonies. Yet, before they could re-enter the premises, they observed him “sprint out of the theater, rush towards his automobile,” and speed away.

During his deposition, the assailant asserted that he mistook the voices for real individuals and perceived the teenagers – on their inaugural date – as the sole individuals present in the movie. Allegedly, he shed tears before the tragic act, realizing its wrongful nature, but he described it as a surreal experience occurring in the heat of the moment. In the meantime, one of his acquaintances mentioned that he menacingly stared at the teenagers throughout the horror film, muttering, “I can't execute that on them,” as per ABC7. Ignorant of Joseph’s possession of a firearm, the friend professed that they would have voiced concerns resulted in intervention.

Advocating for Joseph, his sibling Daisy Jimenez contended that he was clinically diagnosed with paranoid hallucinatory schizophrenia following multiple admissions to psychiatric institutions. Following his mother’s demise, he began experiencing auditory hallucinations. Nonetheless, during the trial, the judge deemed him legally sane. Ultimately, the judge and jury concurred that despite his schizophrenia diagnosis, his inconsistent medication adherence and substance usage, coupled with his actions before and after the shooting, could not be disregarded, leading to the conviction.

Catherine Barajas expressed to Fox 11 Los Angeles:

“I am profoundly relieved that this chapter has concluded. It’s time to draw a close to this episode and concentrate on preserving our son’s memory and continuing his legacy. We strive to achieve this by perpetuating small acts of kindness that collectively make a positive impact on the world.”

Our hearts and consolations are extended to the bereaved families. We trust that this verdict brings them solace as they navigate through their grieving process.

To gain further insight into the ramifications of gun violence, please visit https://www.apha.org/topics-and-issues/gun-violence.

[Image via GoFundMe & Anthony Barajas/Instagram & Fox 11 Los Angeles/YouTube]



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