This comes to us courtesy of City News Service:
POMONA — A 27-year-old man convicted in the shooting deaths of two young men at a party in West Covina three years ago was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Pomona Superior Court Judge Tia Fisher denied the defense’s request for a new trial for Alexander Joseph Alonzo Jr., who was found guilty Nov. 14 in the slayings of Adam Rodriguez, 20, and Roberto “Bobby” Ruiz Jr., 23.
They were shot to death on Nov. 20, 2005, following an argument between Rodriguez and one of Alonzo’s friends at a party in West Covina, according to Deputy District Attorney Bjorn Dodd.
Ruiz and Alonzo had been involved in a verbal confrontation earlier at an area market, but one of Ruiz’s friends later heard him inviting the group with Alonzo to the party, according to the prosecutor.
Jurors convicted Alonzo of two counts of first-degree murder and found true the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders. The prosecution had opted before the trial not to seek the death penalty.
Jurors acquitted Alonzo of two counts of attempted murder involving two victims who were wounded.
Alonzo was arrested in August 2007 following an extensive investigation by the West Covina Police Department.