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First Degree Murder Convictions In Dairy Homicide

MADERA – Jesus Reynoso Flores and Jose Antonio Flores-Ventura were each convicted of first degree murder with special circumstances, and a second count of attempted murder by separate Madera Superior Court juries on Tuesday, Apr. 23.Evidence presented at trial showed that on Jan. 19, 2008, Flores, 25, and Ventura, 27, both of Chowchilla, went to the Coelho Dairy in Chowchilla to rob the milkers following their payday.

They entered the milking parlor, and Flores shot milker Alberto Navarez-Torres twice, killing him, and Sergio Alejandre was shot once in the head.

Jose Flores-VenturaFlores and Ventura then attempted to rob the victims. Cameras monitoring the premises captured the violent episode, and the video recordings were used as evidence at trial.

Separate juries were required because of the different statements given by each defendant to the Madera Sheriff’s Detectives during the investigation.

Both juries found special circumstances in the murder of Torres because it was willful, deliberate and premeditated and was committed during their attempting robbery. Flores’ jury also found that he laid in wait to kill Torres.

Both juries found Flores and Ventura guilty of willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder of Alejandre. Flores’ jury also found the special allegation that Flores personally used and intentionally discharged a firearm in the furtherance of the attempted murder.

Sentencing is set for June 21, in the Madera Superior Court. Flores and Ventura both face life in prison, without the possibility of parole.

“The acts of Flores and Ventura were extremely callous. The verdicts rendered by the juries bring justice to the victims, their families and the public for this heinous murder and attempted murder,” said District Attorney Keitz.

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