Emily Fox

Emily Fox

The man convicted of killing a former Goleta woman and her boyfriend in Los Angeles in 2016 was ordered to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Brian Anthony Gonzales, 24, also known as Brian Hammons, was sentenced in Superior Court in Los Angeles earlier this week to life in prison without possibility of parole, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Gonzales, 28, was convicted in February on two counts of murder in the Jan. 17, 2016 killings of Emily Fox, a 2011 Dos Pueblos High School graduate attending CSU Northridge, and Jerrad Scott, 24, of La Mesa.

The charges include special-circumstance allegations of murder during the commission of a kidnapping, and multiple murders. The jury also found true allegations that Gonzales used and fired a handgun in the commission of the crimes.

According to Los Angeles police, officers were dispatched to an apartment building on the 7600 block of Oso Avenue in the Winnetka area of the San Fernando Valley.

Fox had called 9-1-1 to report that “her ex-boyfriend was at her residence and was armed with a gun,” the LAPD said in a statement. 

​Prosecutors say Gonzales had confronted Fox and Scott in a hallway of the apartment building. While Fox called 9-1-1, they say, Scott tried to escape, but Gonzales chased him down and brought him back to the scene at gunpoint.

Brian Anthony Gonzales

Brian Anthony Gonzales

He then shot them both to death.

Fox was a 2011 graduate of Dos Pueblos High, where she was a three-time All-Channel League golfer, and helped lead the Chargers to four league championships.​

In her senior year, she advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Regional Golf Tournament and qualified for the CIF-SS Individual Finals.

Scott, Fox’s new boyfriend, was a star football player at Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley in San Diego County and the father of a 1-year-old son.

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