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Man who claimed gun accidentally fired convicted of second-degree murder in 2016 shooting

Macario Villalpando
Macario Villalpando Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

A 32-year-old San Joaquin County man has been convicted of second-degree murder in a 2016 drug-related shooting in Walnut Grove.

A Sacramento County jury on Thursday found Macario Villalpando of Acampo guilty in the death of Tony Brambila and also found that Villalpando had used a gun in the killing, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

The shooting reportedly occurred Feb. 7, 2016 when Villalpando went to Brambila's home to purchase methamphetamine, as he had done on previous occasions. Sheriff's dispatchers received a call just after 10 p.m. regarding a shooting in the 14200 block of Railroad Avenue, and deputies responded along with the Cosumnes and Walnut Grove fire departments.

They found Brambila with a gunshot wound in his abdomen, officials said, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Villalpando claimed that the shotgun accidentally went off as he rested the butt of the gun on the ground. But pathologists testified that the wound track demonstrated the shooting did not occur in that manner, the news release said.

Villalpando is to be sentenced June 1 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steven M. Gervercer.

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