- Associated Press - Saturday, October 14, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A 26-year-old man convicted in two gang-related killings returns to court in Reno on Monday for the penalty phase of his trial.

Jurors deliberated for two hours Friday before convicting Luis Alejandro Menendez-Cordero of first-degree murder in the November 2010 killings of two Sparks men at a party.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that prosecutors said Menendez-Cordero shot 19-year-old Kevin Melendez and 21-year-old Moises Vazquez after they disrespected his affiliation to the MS-13 gang.

The Washoe County District Attorney’s Office says Menendez-Cordero fled the country after the killings and was ultimately located and extradited from El Salvador to stand trial.

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