MARTINEZ -- One of two men found guilty in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old Oakley boy at an Antioch house party in August 2011 was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Ricky Mendoza, along with Leon Moreno, had been found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Martin Navarro, with a special allegation that Mendoza and Moreno were gang members. The jury found that Mendoza shot Navarro outside the Antioch house party.
Mendoza, who also received a consecutive sentence of 25 years to life, was sentenced after his attorney's motion for a new trial was denied Friday by Judge Mary Ann O'Malley.
Moreno's sentencing, originally scheduled for Friday, was put off until Sept. 13. He faces 40 years to life in prison.
The convictions capped the second trial for the two defendants; the first ended in a hung jury in March.
Three other members of the same gang previously took plea deals. Carlos Guzman was sentenced to five years in prison, and Christopher Donaldson was sentenced to 10 years. Tony Martin, who was tried with Mendoza and Moreno in their first trial, testified against them in the second trial. It is anticipated he will receive 10 years for Navarro's death.
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