H-MONTEREY COUNTY

Jul 12, 2011 2:23 PM by Associated Press (BT)

Monterey Co man guilty in '90 family murders

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) - A Monterey County man convicted of fatally shooting three family members in 1990 will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

A jury took less than three hours to decide Monday that 60-year-old Ramon Rios was guilty of first-degree murder plus special circumstances, which means he'll get a mandatory prison sentence of life without parole.

Authorities say Rios was drinking with his wife, Concepcion Esparza, and her cousin, Jose Hernandez, in the couple's King City home when he became angry.

Rios pulled out a handgun and fired at Hernandez. But a bullet pierced the wall and instead struck the couple's 12-year-old son, Luis. According to trial testimony, Rios accused the two of making him fire the gun, then killed them both.

Rios fled to Mexico, where authorities found him last year.


(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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