A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Jesus Gallegos of first-degree murder in the Feb. 14, 2010, stabbing death of Triston Ashley Salladay in Sacramento's Tahoe Park neighborhood.
Superior Court Judge Steve White scheduled the sentencing on Gallegos, 23, for March 15. Gallegos is facing a sentence of 25 years to life in prison, plus additional time on the jury's finding that he used a knife in the course of killing Salladay, 23.
Gallegos' had pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity, but his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Amy Rogers, withdrew the insanity plea before the verdict was announced today.
According to evidence at trial, Gallegos was an acquaintance of Salladay who previously had visited him in his apartment in the 3500 block of 53rd Street. The stabbing took place a day after Salladay had gotten into a heated argument with a man he accused of stealing his PlayStation video game. Gallegos was a friend of the man whom Salladay had accused of the theft.