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Defendant Convicted for Deadly Stabbing

DATE:  October 11, 2017

CASE:  Rodney Bruno (Case #16FE019105)

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Caroline Park, Homicide Unit

Rodney Bruno was convicted by a jury for the first-degree murder of Virgil Torres.  The jury also found true a use of a deadly weapon allegation.

On October 2, 2016, Rodney Bruno was upset with Virgil Torres.  Bruno and Mr. Torres were at a home in the Tahoe Park area when they began to argue. The argument quickly escalated into a physical fight.  Bruno stabbed Torres multiple times in the course of the altercation. Torres died as a result of those stab wounds.  

Allegations that Bruno suffered a 1980 prior conviction for voluntary manslaughter and a prior 2008 conviction for robbery will be decided at sentencing.   

Bruno faces a maximum sentence of 86 years to life in prison.  Sentencing is set for November 17, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 31 before the Honorable Michael Kenny. 


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