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Two Men Convicted Of 2009 Double-Murder In West Covina

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POMONA (CBS) — Two men were convicted Friday of killing a teenager and a young man in a van at a West Covina intersection.

KNX 1070’s Pat Haslam Reports

Juan Martin Anda, 24, and 22-year-old Gerardo Fonseca Jr. were each convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. Jurors also found true a special circumstance of multiple murders.

Both men face up to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2009 shootings of 17-year-old Isaac Parra and 19-year-old Jason C. Guijarro, both of Baldwin Park.

A sentencing date was expected to be set Tuesday.

Anda, who fired the fatal shots and Fonseca were acquitted of two counts of attempted murder and one count of making a criminal threat. A third defendant, 20-year-old Melissa Ann Goree, was acquitted of all charges.

Parra and Guijarro were fatally wounded around 10:30 p.m. March 31, 2009, while they sat inside a van. Police and prosecutors said the shooting apparently stemmed from a dispute between an ex-boyfriend and girlfriend.

Fonseca and Goree, also both from Baldwin Park, were arrested shortly after the shooting. Anda was arrested after charges were filed April 3, 2009.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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