Court upholds conviction for man sentenced in 2012 murder

March 6, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction for a man serving life in prison for a 2012 Salt Lake City murder.

The Deseret News reports 31-year-old Yelfris Sosa-Hurtado was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally shooting 26-year-old Steven Chavez after getting into a fistfight at CJ’s Smoke Shop in March 2012.

According to the court’s ruling on Thursday, Sosa-Hurtado also fired his rifle toward Steven Chavez’s father, Isabel Chavez, but narrowly missed.

The court says Isabel Chavez was close enough to Sosa-Hurtado’s rifle to feel the “muzzle blast” when Sosa-Hurtado fatally shot his son.

The Court of Appeal rejected Sosa-Hurtado’s argument that the shooting was not an aggravated crime since Isabel Chavez’s life was also endangered.


Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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