A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Vincent Richard Rivera and Fred Huante Jr. of first degree murder in the April 14, 2011, shooting death of a man who purportedly robbed them in a drug deal several weeks earlier.
Judge Allen H. Sumner scheduled the sentencing for May 17 on Rivera, 27, who was identified as the shooter, and Huante, who is now 21, in the killing of Francisco Flores, 19.
Authorities say Flores first robbed Huante in a drug deal in Chuckwagon Park in South Natomas. Huante and Rivera then went "hunting" for the suspects in the rip-off, Deputy District Attorney Chris Ore told jurors. About three weeks before the Flores killing, the defendants shot up another car on Northgate Boulevard that looked similar the robbery suspects' vehicle, jurors found in their verdicts today.
The defendants were convicted on two counts of of attempted murder in the earlier, March 27, 2011, shooting. Rivera and Huante also were convicted on another count of attempted murder in the shooting that injured Flores' brother at the same time they killed the murder victim outside a store on Northgate Boulevard at San Juan Road.