RIVERSIDE (AP) — A California jury has decided the gunman in the gang hate killing of a black teenager should spend the rest of his life in prison.
The Riverside County jury rejected the death penalty and recommended Tuesday that 31-year-old Daniel Murillo Salgado be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. He will be sentenced June 17.
The same jury last month convicted Murillo of the October 2002 car-to-car shooting death of 13-year-old Markess Lancaster, who wasn’t a gang member. Jurors also found the killing was a hate crime.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise says Lancaster was targeted by a Hispanic gang because he was black and the killers wrongly believed he and others with him were rival gang members.
Three other defendants have either been convicted or pleaded guilty.
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