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Man convicted of shooting 16-year-old in 2015 Orangevale murder

Mario Andreas Contreras was convicted Monday of first-degree murder with use of a gun in the fatal 2015 shooting of 16-year-old Erik Ozee.

Contreras walked up to a group of young people in Orangevale the night of May 31, 2015, and asked for Ozee, who he believed had previously robbed him. Ozee ran away from the group and Contreras gave chase before shooting him in the head, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Ozee, a Citrus Heights resident, was pronounced dead at the scene about 11:15 p.m. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department arrested Contreras the next day, his 18th birthday, and he remained in Sacramento County Jail without bail through the trial.

Now 20, Contreras faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in prison in his next court date, scheduled for 9 a.m. June 15.

Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, @BenjyEgel