Two men convicted of the January 2014 shooting death of a man outside a south Sacramento residence have been sentenced to prison.
A Sacramento County jury in May found Ruben Guajardo and Gino Taylor, both 26, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Victor Aranda. On Friday, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Sharon Lueras sentenced Guajardo to 75 years to life in prison and Taylor to 26 years to life in prison, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. The jury also found that Guarjardo personally used a firearm causing death.
On Jan. 25, 2014, Taylor approached Aranda, who was with friends in the front yard of a residence in the 6300 block of Hermosa Street, near Sacramento Executive Airport. Taylor reportedly asked Aranda to step onto the sidewalk, away from his friends, so that they could speak privately. When Aranda left the yard, Taylor’s cousin, Guajardo, ran up and shot Aranda four times, killing him, authorities said.
Sacramento police detectives located a contentious exchange between Aranda and Taylor on Instagram regarding a debt Aranda allegedly owned Taylor.