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Man convicted of second-degree murder in 2015 North Highlands killing

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A man has been convicted in Sacramento Superior Court in a killing two years ago at a North Highlands house party.

Ira Johnson, 20, was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday by a jury in the death of Rogelio Gastelum and two counts of attempted murder.

In the early morning hours of July 12, 2015, Gastelum, 24, of San Mateo, was shot in his torso. He died at the scene and two others were wounded at the party, which was on Viola Drive, north of Interstate 80.

Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies said Johnson, of Sacramento, was an uninvited party attendee. When asked to leave, Johnson and another man pulled out guns and fired shots into the gathering, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

According to the DA’s office, the initial investigation and facts elicited at trial indicated there was a second man who fired a weapon at the party. That man has still not been identified.

Sentencing is set for July 21.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews