A 2nd District Court jury has convicted Danilo Delacruz Pascual of second-degree murder in the June shotgun slaying of Todd Patrick Salazar.
The five-woman, three-man jury deliberated about three hours Thursday night before finding Pascual guilty. Judge Stanton Taylor set a sentencing date for Jan. 3. The maximum penalty for second-degree murder if five years to life in prison.Before the case went to the jury Thursday, Pascual stood up from the witness stand to publicly apologize to Salazar's family for the shooting.
"I'm really so sorry," Pascual said. "I really apologize to the parents. If I can bring Todd back, I would. But I'm sorry. I didn't even mean it."
Pascual, 33, claimed the single-shot .410 shotgun slipped twice in his hand as he was hitting Salazar with it during a fight on June 25. The first time, the hammer was pulled back and the second time the trigger was pulled, sending the shot into Salazar's back that killed him.
Prosecutors alleged Pascual came across the street from a fight in a field to Salazar's front yard with two friends who began to beat Salazar, 25. When Salazar and one of his friends turned to run, the state charged, Pascual aimed the gun at him and shot him.