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Inglewood Man Sentenced in Rapper’s Killing
By Sentinel News Service
Published June 21, 2019

Rapper Kid Cali (Courtesy photo)

An Inglewood man convicted of the shooting death of rapper Kid Cali at a pool party in Granada Hills was sentenced today to 50 years to life in state prison.

Kenny Birdine, 22, was convicted last Oct. 31 of first-degree murder for the Aug. 20, 2016, killing of Justin Lishey, who was professionally known as Kid Cali or Cali OSo.

Jurors also found true allegations that Birdine used a handgun in the killing and that he committed the crime in association with a criminal street gang, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Birdine shot the 30-year-old rapper multiple times at close range, including as he fell to the ground at the party, according to evidence presented during his trial.

Birdine — also known as “Lil’ Rampage” — believed the victim was a rival gang member, but Lishey was not a documented gang member and did nothing to provoke the attack, according to Deputy District Attorney Amy Murphy.

Birdine was arrested less than a month later by Los Angeles police. He has remained behind bars since then.

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