DATE:  January 5, 2018

CASE: Rodney Bruno (Case #16FE019105)

PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Caroline Park, Homicide Unit

The Honorable Michael Kenny sentenced Rodney Bruno to 86 years to life in prison.  On October 10, 2017, a jury convicted Bruno for the first-degree murder of Virgil Torres.  The jury also found that Bruno used a deadly weapon in the course of the murder. Bruno was sentenced under the three strikes law and the court found that Bruno had previously been convicted of a 1980 strike conviction for voluntary manslaughter and a 2008 strike conviction for robbery.

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.

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