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Man convicted in fatal shooting during gang fight

A man accused of a fatal shooting during a 2013 gang fight in the Arden Arcade area has been convicted of second-degree murder.

A Sacramento County jury on Thursday found Gilberto Cardona, 20, guilty in the shooting death of 33-year-old Jesus Macias of Sacramento. The jury also found true allegations involving gun use and gang enhancements, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

On Sept. 28, 2013, Macias went to the Beacon gas station at 2101 El Camino Ave., where he was confronted by two Howe Park Sureño gang members, who started a fight with him. The fight spilled out into the gas station parking lot, where two other men joined in the fight against Macias.

As the four men were beating Macias, Cardona, also a validated Howe Park Sureño, rode up on his bicycle, authorities said. Macias was able to break free from his attackers and flee across the parking lot. Cardona turned on his bicycle and fired two shots at Macias as he fled, fatally wounding him.

Cardona is to be sentenced May 20 before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Sweet.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.