- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A second defendant has been convicted in the shooting death of a Brooklyn Center man whose body was discovered in a burning trash bin.

Twenty-three-year-old Guillermo Ayala-Enriquez has pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder just as his trial was about to begin this week in Hennepin County. He also admitted to attempting to conceal Rufino Clara-Rendon’s identity by burning the body.

Ayala-Enriquez will be sentenced on June 23.

His co-defendant, Manuel Guzman, was convicted of first-degree murder following an April trial and was sentenced to life without parole.

Authorities say the men shot Clara-Rendon in the head last August before rolling him in a carpet and putting him in a mattress they cut open. Authorities say they bought gas, doused the body and lit it on fire.

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