Gang Member Convicted In Deputy’s Murder

February 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A gang member was convicted late last week of first-degree murder for supplying a fellow gangster with the gun that was used to kill an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, who was ambushed in front of his Cypress Park home as he was preparing to leave for work in August 2008.

Jurors deliberated about 2 1/2 hours before finding 22-year-old Jose Renteria guilty in the Aug. 2, 2008, slaying of Juan Abel Escalante, along with an attempted murder charge involving a May 15, 2007, shooting of a man who survived. Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegation that Escalante’s killing was carried out to further the activities of a criminal street gang, along with an allegation that Renteria had personally used an SKS rifle during the attempted murder.

Renteria is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 65 years to life, when he is sentenced March 4, according to Deputy District Attorney Phillip Stirling.

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