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Reputed O.C. gang member convicted of murder in botched drug deal

March 7, 2012 | 10:41 pm

Robert Reil was convicted of murder

A reputed Orange County gang member was convicted Wednesday of special circumstances murder of a man during a botched drug sale.

Robert Reil, 32, and three other gang members planned to steal drugs from Bernal Ezquivel Felix in January 2010, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

Reil and the others met Felix, ostensibly to buy drugs, prosecutors said. One of the gang members with Reil walked up to Felix, who was in his car, and opened fire.

Reil and his three accomplices fled the scene, according to prosecutors. The three others have been charged in the case. Two are awaiting trial and the other was sentenced to 12 years and four months in state prison after pleading guilty to felonies including manslaughter.

Reil, who lived in Orange, is scheduled for sentencing on May 11 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. He faces a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole.


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Photo: Robert Reil. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office