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Two California gang members found guilty of murder in 2012 stomping death of 8th grader

August 4, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Two California gang members found guilty of murder in  2012 stomping death of 8th grader

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The murder trial of two reputed gang members accused of stomping an eighth-grader to death, who they incorrectly accused of being a member of a rival gang in California ended with convictions for both suspects on Tuesday.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, a jury returned guilty verdicts of first-degree murder after four days of deliberation on Tuesday against Jacob Lynch, 20, and Clemente Salas, 19, following the conclusion of their 10-week trial.

Both men now face life in prison without the possibility of parole when they are sentenced on October 9th.

The two men were apprehended, along with six others, after 14-year-old Heriberto Reyes and his brother were brutally attacked on a basketball court. Three days later, Reyes died from his severe injuries.

Investigators said Reyes, who attended eighth-grade at Bernal Intermediate School in South San Jose, didn’t belong to any gang.

His brother Juan Reyes was also severely beaten but managed to survive the attack.

“Heriberto was a 14-year-old little boy who had finally gotten old enough to play basketball with his older brother,” Vega said. “He was a victim of utter senseless gang violence.”

Five additional attackers pleaded guilty to lesser charges after cooperating with prosecutors.

Another gang reputed member, 22-year-old Scott Conway along with two others, were convicted of assaulting the victim’s and face a maximum of 40 years behind bars.

During Tuesday’s court hearing, prosecutor Carlos Vega said Conway had become a member of the Roosevelt Locos gang and attempted to prove himself during the attacks.

The jury found Conway guilty of two previous separate assaults on young boys who were not part of a gang, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

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