SALT LAKE CITY — A 57-year-old man — who was convicted of murder for intentionally running over David Alma Brigham in Ogden in 1979 and was paroled in 1986 — has now been convicted of murder in a shooting death at a Salt Lake City park last year.
Francisco Alvarez awaits sentencing Feb. 4 after being found guilty of first-degree felony murder, second-degree felony possession or use of a firearm by a restricted person and third-degree felony discharge of a firearm in the May 2011 death of Jorge Veracruz, 29. The jury deliberate for a little under three hours.
Prosecutors say Alvarez got into an argument with acquaintances and shot Veracruz three times at Riverside Park. Defense attorneys argue Alvarez acted to protect himself because he feared he would be robbed after the argument.
The shooting occurred in broad daylight when about 500 people were in the park to watch Little League teams play.
Alverez was paroled for the Ogden murder in 1986 and has been in and out of state prison since, including seven times between 1986 and 2000.