- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A 19-year-old Nevada gang member has been convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a teenager during a party at a residence north of Reno in October 2015.

A Washoe District Court jury returned a guilty verdict Tuesday after a weeklong trial of Jonathan “Sleepy” Jaramillo of Sun Valley in the killing of 16-year-old Gerardo Reyes.

Jaramillo claimed the shooting in the backyard of a home in Sun Valley was accidental. But prosecutors say the evidence showed he shot Reyes in the back from point-blank range, puncturing his lung.

Police say Jaramillo was a documented gang member. They say a series of text messages indicated he intended to flee to Mexico after the shooting.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced June 2.

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