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Two men sentenced to life in prison for 2013 Rosemont shooting

Two men convicted of first-degree murder in the the 2013 shooting death of 21-year-old Alexander Brian Chavez in the Rosemont area have been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

Rodolfo Simon Villa, 23, and Michael John Almeda, 21, were found guilty by a Sacramento County jury in June. The jury also found true the special circumstance of shooting from a moving vehicle and arming allegations, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. The two men were sentenced Thursday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ernest Sawtelle.

Chavez was shot to death in his car Jan. 14, 2013, on Westporter Drive and Lilibet Avenue, after he was chased by the two men, the jury found.

Prosecutors charged that Villa and Almeda were street gang members who shot Chavez in a mistaken retaliatory attack Chavez reportedly had nothing to do with an earlier alleged shooting that motivated the fatal assault.