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Man who ran over carjacking victim at Watt Avenue fast food joint convicted of murder

A man was convicted this week of murder in connection with a July 2018 carjacking at a fast food restaurant on Watt Avenue.

Daniel Langston was found guilty of murder by a Sacramento County jury Monday, which also found true special circumstances that Langston committed the crime in the process of a carjacking and used a firearm.

Langston stood accused of asking a man, Joaquin Gonzalez, for a ride at a fast food restaurant on Watt Avenue, then attacking Gonzalez when he declined, Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release Friday.

Authorities said Langston pistol whipped Gonzalez with a handgun, then took control of Gonzalez’s truck and proceed to run him over while driving it in reverse, the news release said. Gonzalez died of “catastrophic” head and upper body injuries, according to the news release.

With two prior strikes for robbery convictions, Langston faces a max life in prison with no parole. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 9.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.