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Men sentenced to life without parole in murder of McDonald's employee

Posted at 5:48 PM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 20:48:36-04

ROSAMOND, Calif. — Two men convicted in the murder of a woman at a Rosamond McDonald's in 2001, learned their fates in court today.

According to court records, 37-year-old Cedric Sutton and 42-year-old Darnell Wheat were both sentenced to life without parole.

Back in March, a Kern County Jury found Sutton and Wheat guilty of all charges in connection to the murder of 37-year-old Maria Cruz Pina, who worked at a McDonald's restaurant in Rosamond, according to the DA's office. They ere found guilty of first degree murder with special circumstances and kidnapping to commit robbery.

This case dates back to August of 2001 when Pina and a coworker arrived at work to open the restaurant at 5 a.m.

When they unlocked the door to the restaurant, they were assaulted by Sutton and Wheat.

Officials say that after being forced into the McDonald's, both men brandished firearms and ordered Pina to shut the alarm off and open the safe. When she as unable to open the safe they shot and killed her.