A former Navy SEAL has been convicted for the death of a man in Santa Monica in 2016.
34-year-old Theo Krah was arrested for stabbing and beating a man after an altercation at the Santa Monica pier.
Santa Monica police said they located the victim a few blocks east of the pier with “severe trauma to the face and head.”
He was taken to a hospital where he died.
Krah was the initial suspect or police because they had broken up an altercation between him and the victim, identified as Kris Anderson, at the pier an hour prior.
Krah claims that the altercation ensued after he tried to stop Anderson from taking the inappropriate photos.
“Theo confronted the man and demanded to see his camera,” attorney Anthony Salerno said. “The man refused. Believing that the man was committing a crime, Theo physically restrained the man and asked for a bystander to call for the police.”
Salerno said the Santa Monica police arrived and were able to find the photos on Anderson’s phone but only asked him to delete the several inappropriate photographs.
The police decided not to make any arrests and let both men go afterward.
During their murder investigation, police found surveillance footage showing Krah following Anderson from the Santa Monica Pier east towards downtown where he assaulted him.
The active-duty Navy SEAL -at the time- was arrested two days later and charged with one count of second-degree murder, according to KTLA.
After remaining in custody since 2016, he was found guilty by a jury on July 8.
Krah is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 1st and faces a minimum sentence of 15 years to life in prison.
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