- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Two defendants have been convicted of charges stemming from the slaying of a Central California raisin farmer who authorities say was shot after he discovered people stripping a stolen truck on his property.

Adrian Aceves pleaded guilty Thursday to voluntary manslaughter and possession of a stolen pickup truck in the May 2014 slaying of George Salwasser, Jr. outside Fresno. Aceves’ girlfriend, Maria Mansanalez, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the killing. The Fresno Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1faYy9v) that both have agreed to testify against the remaining two defendants, Jose Canas, and Mansanalez’s brother, Fabian.

Authorities say Salwasser had a gun when he discovered Aceves and Canas stripping the truck. Canas is accused of shooting Salwasser twice after Salwasser told Aceves to stop as Aceves walked away.

Canas and Fabian Mansanalez have pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, https://www.fresnobee.com

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