Teen facing life after conviction in gang shooting

The Associated Press
05/27/2010

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—A 19-year-old man San Mateo County prosecutors say is a member of a street gang is facing the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison after being convicted in the killing of another teen.

Prosecutors say Ricardo Garcia was convicted Wednesday of first degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Solomone Zarate outside in an unincorporated pocket of Redwood City in September 2008.

During the trial, prosecutors told the jury that Garcia shot Zarate during a fight between rival gangs.

In convicting Garcia, jurors also found him guilty of the special circumstance of committing a murder while a member of a street gang.

Prosecutors say Garcia is facing the possibility of life without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced Aug. 13.

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