INDIO, Calif. -

A Desert Hot Springs man convicted of taking part in a shooting that killed a 17-year-old boy and wounded the teen's friend in 1994 is scheduled to be sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

   Ian Davis Hudgins, 36, was found guilty on May 30 of one count each of first-degree murder and attempted murder, along with gang activity enhancements, and jurors also found true a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait.

   Authorities said Hudgins drove two gang members to Wardman Park in Desert Hot Springs, where they killed Jahi Collins and wounded his friend, Bobby Wilson, while they sat in a car on Dec. 21, 1994.

   Deputy District Attorney Pete Nolan said during the trial in May that Collins' family has ``waited for justice'' for 19 years.  He told the jurors there was only one issue for them to consider.

   ``Did Ian Hudgins drive Emilio Avalos and Sergio Padilla to that park where they committed that murder? ... If you believe he did do that, he's guilty, plain and simple,'' Nolan said.

   Avalos was convicted in Collins' murder last year and is on death row for killing 20-year-old Marine Cpl. Henry Lozano in Desert Hot Springs in 2001.  Padilla has been charged in Collins' death.

   Nolan said that Avalos and Collins had fought at Palm Springs High School a few weeks earlier and that Collins had prevailed. The park where he was killed was in the territory of the West Drive Locos, a Desert Hot Springs gang that Avalos had helped start, according to Nolan.

   ``He was in Wardman Park,'' Nolan said of Hudgins. ``He was the person who backed up Emilio and Sergio.''

   Defense attorney Naomi Coady said that ``there is absolutely no physical evidence connecting Ian Hudgins to this crime.'' She said the prosecution failed to prove her client knew Padilla and Avalos intended to commit the  slaying.