- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A man charged in the death of a Central California raisin farmer who authorities say was shot after he discovered people stripping a stolen truck on his property has been found not guilty of murder.

The Fresno Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1FkZXRV ) 25-year-old Fabian Mansanalez was instead found guilty Wednesday of possession of a stolen vehicle and being a felon in possession of a firearm in the 2014 slaying of George Salwasser, Jr. outside Fresno.

Both sides agreed that Mansanalez stole the truck that Adrian Aceves and Jose Canas had been stripping on Salwasser’s property.

Prosecutors argued Mansanalez should’ve known the repercussions of his actions.

Mansanalez’s attorney said his client was a car thief, but said Mansanalez didn’t know Salwasser was going to be shot.

His sentencing is set for Oct. 1.


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

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