DES MOINES, Iowa — A jury has found a Des Moines man guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man last year in the city’s River Bend neighborhood.

The Des Moines Register reports that 19-year-old Miguel Lorenzo-Baltazar was found guilty Monday of the July 28 death of 23-year-old Jeffrey Mercado, of Des Moines.

Police say that Lorenzo-Baltazar jumped out of a vehicle and fired multiple shots at Mercado with a semi-automatic handgun, hitting Mercado in the chest. Mercado was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Lorenzo-Baltazar faces life in prison without parole when he’s sentenced May 10.

Another Des Moines man, 22-year-old Anthony Garcia, also faces a first-degree murder count when he’s tried on May 7. Police say Garcia was driving the vehicle.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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