(BCN) — A jury convicted a 30-year-old Salinas man Monday for first-degree murder and attempted murder, in connection with the shooting deaths of two unsheltered people April 7, 2021.

A Salinas jury agreed with prosecutors that Michael Sanchez shot and killed an unsheltered teen and injured a 22-year-old unsheltered man in Salinas, the Monterey District Attorney announced Monday. The jury also found Sanchez guilty of two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Prosecutors said Sanchez approached a tent in a homeless encampment near the railroad tracks by the intersection of Industrial Street and Sanborn Place and fired a .22 caliber semi-automatic firearm into the tent twice, fatally striking 17-year-old Adam Diaz Gallegos in the head. The gunfire also struck Brandon Hurtado Villa, 22, in the shoulder. A third person in the tent was not injured.

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Police located Sanchez near the area of the shooting and said that he had the murder weapon in his waistband.

Sanchez will be sentenced on Sept. 1. He faces a maximum sentence of 93 years to life in prison, prosecutors said.

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