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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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