Two men were found guilty Wednesday of killing a woman behind a San Pedro diner to steal a laptop computer filled with credit card account numbers she used to commit identity theft.
Raul Tiscareno, 29, of Whittier and Daniel Keith Martinez, 38, of Pico Rivera will face life in prison without the possibility of parole when they are sentenced in Long Beach Superior Court on March 25, Deputy District Attorney Julian Recana said.
Jurors deliberated six days before finding the pair guilty of first-degree murder with the special circumstance allegation that the crime was committed during a robbery. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty for Jan. 30, 2009, shooting of 27-year-old Ginie Samayoa of San Pedro.
In addition, the men were found guilty of second-degree robbery and using a gun. Jurors did not find true a prosecution allegation that Martinez fired the gun.
Another Whittier man, Michael Lee Bonfiglio, 34, was sentenced in August to life in prison without parole for his role in the robbery and murder.
Samayoa was found slumped over in the driver's seat of her Toyota Tercel in an alley behind the Pacific Diner at 3821 S. Pacific Ave. She was shot in the head and died the next day.
Police said Samayoa willingly drove Bonfiglio, Tiscareno and Martinez from her apartment in the 3600 block of South Pacific Avenue. She was forced to stop in the alley, where the men robbed and shot her. The men escaped in a getaway car.
Los Angeles police Harbor Division officers arrested the men three weeks later, recovering Samayoa's laptop, which she used to tap into corporate accounts with balances of $100,000. Police said she made purchases of about $2,000 each and the companies paid the bills, not realizing they had been ripped off.
The men wanted that laptop computer to commit their own crimes, prosecutors said.
Recana said the computer was found in Tiscareno's apartment. A witness testified that he saw Martinez bury the handgun used to commit the crime in his backyard.
Prosecutors theorized that Martinez fired the shot, but jurors were not convinced, Recana said.
A jury previously had deadlocked on whether to convict Tiscareno. It was Martinez's first trial.
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