- Associated Press - Friday, February 24, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Springfield man has been convicted of fatally shooting another city man in a dispute between rival street racing clubs.

The Republican (https://bit.ly/2kUZjLE ) reports that a jury convicted 25-year-old Benjamin Rivera on Friday of second-degree murder for the May 2013 shooting of Angel Llorens.

Prosecutors sought a first-degree murder conviction.

Rivera, although not a member, was associated with an illegal street racing club called Backyard Built. The 22-year-old Llorens was a member of the Team Built club.

Authorities say their dispute stemmed from an incident where a member of Backyard Built ripped a sticker off Llorens’ car.

Rivera testified at trial that the shooting was self-defense. He says Llorens threatened to get a gun and was “coming at me” with a hand behind his back.

Sentencing is scheduled for Monday.


Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, https://www.masslive.com/news/

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