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Gang member gets life sentence in LA deputy murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A gang member has been convicted of murdering an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy as he prepared to go to work nearly five years ago.

Jurors on Thursday found 22-year-old Jose Renteria guilty of the first-degree murder of Deputy Juan Abel Escalante. The panel also found Renteria guilty of the attempted murder of another man in 2007. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 4 and faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors say Escalante was killed outside his home. The 27-year-old father of three wasn't in uniform and authorities say he was mistaken for a rival gang member.

The gunman, Carlos Velasquez, pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole.

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