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Man sentenced to 61 years to life in prison for birthday party shooting

A man convicted of attempted murder for shooting two people during a birthday party in south Sacramento in 2012 has been sentenced to 61 years to life in prison.

Alex Bruno, 31, was convicted in June of two counts of attempted murder, each with enhancements for causing great bodily injury and discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. He was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Marjorie Koller.

In September 2012, Nick Stevenson, one of the victims, was at a birthday party at his family’s south Sacramento home. Bruno’s girlfriend also was at the party. Bruno went to the party to get his girlfriend because he disliked the Stevenson family and didn’t want her at their house, authorities said.

As Bruno and his girlfriend pulled away from the house in their car, Bruno fired shots through the rear window. Stevenson was struck in the abdomen and suffered critical injuries. A 16-year-old friend of the family was struck in the back and seriously injured as he turned to run from the gunfire, authorities said.

The car Bruno was driving was found a week later. The district attorney’s crime lab matched broken glass found inside the car’s door frame to glass left at the scene of the shootings. Witnesses initially denied knowing the shooter’s identity. They later came forward to identify Bruno, who remained at large for several weeks before he was arrested.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy