Has anyone seen this happen or think it is possible in Los Angeles?
Nobody can give you a meaningful answer based on two sentences. The defendant should have an attorney, who has much more information about the case and is in a better position than a stranger on the Internet who knows nothing.
Judges consider many factors --including the circumstances of the crime, the defendant's criminal record and background, and the input of the victim's family -- when imposing sentence.
Anything is possible, but I doubt it. Face the facts, you killed someone the police, the prosecutor and the victim's family are going to fight like hell to see you spend as much time in jail as they can possibly get. If you get house arrest they will be in a position where they should give it to everybody. I wouldn't count on such a break.
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