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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  Dec. 12, 2014

 

Ontario man convicted of second-degree murder


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.  – Julio Avila, 20, of Ontario was recently convicted of second-degree murder and personal and intentional discharge of a firearm after a nearly three-week jury trial in Rancho Cucamonga, prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Mary Izadi.

Avila, his two co-defendants and the 19-year-old victim, Jefrey Camacho, knew one another from Chaffey High School. They belonged to rival “tagging crews” that had been feuding for over a year. Their actions against one another had escalated from simple vandalism and fist fights to pulling guns and a stabbing.

On July 7, 2013, Camacho and a friend discovered that Camacho’s car windows had been smashed. They suspected the defendants were the perpetrators. They went to the co-defendants’ home around 2:00 a.m. to confront them. Camacho’s friend had a baseball bat, saying it was to ensure that the fight would be “one on one.” Avila responded to seeing the bat by pulling out a handgun.

Once the gun was pulled, Camacho and his friend ran back to their car and got inside. Co-defendant Armando Lara, Jr., 19, of Ontario, yelled, “Let them have it!” Avila fired one shot into the car, striking Camacho in the back of the head. Camacho was rushed to the hospital by his friend. Camacho was pronounced dead approximately two hours later.

The case was extremely difficult, with uncooperative witnesses and multiple stories, but Izadi convinced the jury that Avila was guilty of second degree murder and using a firearm. After deliberating for six days, the jury returned with their verdict Dec. 2, 2013.

Avila faces 40 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on January 30 in Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court. Lara pleaded guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter April 11, 2014. He was sentenced to 13 years in State Prison May 8, 2014. Bryan Espinoza, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga was convicted in connection with driving the defendants away from the scene. Espinoza was sentenced Aug. 21, 2013 to two years in County Prison.

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Christopher Lee
Public Affairs Officer
(909) 382-3665

 

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