- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - A second man has been convicted in the 2014 machete slaying of a 14-year-old Houston-area boy in what investigators say was a gang-related killing.

Jose Granados-Guevara was convicted of murder then sentenced Thursday to the maximum 99 years in prison. The 23-year-old Granados-Guevara opted to have a judge, not jurors, decide his case and also the penalty in court in Houston.

The mutilated body of Jose Meraz was discovered in September 2014 near a reservoir. The victim was an eighth-grader in the Aldine (AHL’-deen) Independent School District.

A second person, William Alexander Valladares, earlier pleaded guilty to his role in the slaying and was sentenced to 40 years.

A third person accused in the boy’s death has cooperated with prosecutors.

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