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Man convicted of murder in 2011 shooting at North Sacramento apartment complex

A 24-year-old man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of Jose Navarro following a fight at a North Sacramento apartment.

A Sacramento County jury returned the guilty verdict Thursday against Carlos Escalante, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

On Oct. 23, 2011, Navarro, 23, broke up a fight between Escalante’s younger sister and Navarro’s girlfriend at an apartment complex at 2546 Traction Ave. Authorities said Escalante’s sister accused Navarro of punching her, causing a bump on her forehead. She left the scene angry, and later contacted Escalante and told him what had happened.

Escalante asked his cousin to drive him to the scene of the fight later that night. He waited for Navarro to appear at the complex and then shot him once, killing him almost instantly, authorities said.

Escalante and his sister first told detectives that they were fishing in West Sacramento at the time of the shooting, but phone records and text messages later proved that was not true. When confronted with the records, Escalante’s sister, cousin and girlfriend told detectives what had happened.

Escalante it to be sentenced Sept. 24 before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny.