A man who fled to Mexico in an attempt to avoid prosecution has been convicted of second-degree murder in the 2008 Christmas Day shooting death of 24-year-old Francisco Torres-Fernandez.
A Sacramento County jury on Thursday found Edgar Carrillo, 30, guilty in the slaying of Torres-Fernandez, a North Highlands resident who was found fatally wounded in the 2300 block of North Avenue in Del Paso Heights just after midnight Dec. 25, 2008. The jury also found Carrillo guilty of assault with a deadly weapon for pistol whipping a woman that same day, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.
Carrillo and Torres-Fernandez were acquaintances and had reportedly gotten into an argument before the shooting.
Detectives developed information that Carrillo had fled to Mexico. On May 9, 2011, Carrillo was arrested in Mexico on an unlawful-flight-to-avoid-prosecution warrant. In June 2012, he was flown back to the United States by federal officials and turned over to Sacramento Police Department detectives.
Carrillo is to be sentenced May 16 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette.