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19-year-old convicted in slaying of pizza deliveryman

September 27, 2012 | 10:32 pm

A 19-year-old man was convicted Thursday of fatally shooting a pizza deliveryman on Silver Lake Boulevard in an apparent case of road rage.

Jose Beltran of Los Angeles, who faces multiple life sentences for the Aug. 7, 2011, killing and other crimes, is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 1.

The victim, 25-year-old Juan David Vasquez Loma, was driving home from work with two colleagues about 5 a.m. when he passed Beltran's car at a stop sign. Beltran began pursuing Loma's pickup through the winding streets of Silver Lake, allegedly flashing gang signs as he went. Loma stopped and waved Beltran ahead, but Beltran shot him, authorities said.

Loma, who also worked as a busboy at a Sunset Boulevard restaurant, was described as a hardworking employee who sent money to his mother in Mexico. He survived on life support for a week after the shooting.


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