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21 years in state prison for man convicted of killing Art Center instructor

Norman Schureman
Norman Schureman
Steven A. Heller/Art Center College of Design

Steven Ronald Honma, the Westlake Village man convicted of fatally shooting Art Center College of Design instructor Norman Schureman at a party in 2010, was sentenced today to 21 years in state prison, the District Attorney’s Office announced. 

56-year-old Honma and 50-year-old Schureman were attending a Persian New Year’s Eve party on March 20, 2010. Honma was asked to leave after getting into a fight. The defendant left the party and went home, two doors away from the party. He returned with a serrated knife, numerous concealed weapons, and ammunition.

A fight ensued when Honma was asked to leave again. He drew a handgun and shot the popular Pasadena art college instructor, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigation. Schureman was later pronounced dead at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood. Over 300 friends, co-workers, and students attended a vigil in his honor shortly after his death.

A Van Nuys Superior Court jury convicted Honma of voluntary manslaughter in November. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Thomas Rubinson imposed Honma’s sentence at a hearing Thursday morning. 

Honma was no stranger to weapons or the law. In the '80s Honma received a misdemeanor conviction when police discovered a gun in his car.