Kern County jury convicts gang member of first-degree murder

A Kern County jury on Thursday convicted a gang member of first-degree murder.

Jose Medrano, 23, was convicted for a shooting that happened in Delano in August of last year.

Authorities found 34-year-old Orlando Morales of McFarland dead in his car. They first believed his death was due to a traffic collision, but further investigation showed Morales had died due to a single gunshot wound before the crash, according to the Kern County District Attorney's Office.

The investigation led authorities to the arrest of Medrano.

He faces a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

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