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Life sentences for 2 men convicted in separate Reno murders

April 14, 2022 GMT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Two men convicted of murder in separate killings in Reno have been sentenced to life in prison.

Jesus Padilla, 33, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole after a Washoe County jury found him guilty of first-degree murder in the 2020 fatal beating of his 24-year-old girlfriend, Elizabeth Gurrola, District Attorney Chris Hicks said.

Padilla’s clothing was covered with blood stains when California state troops stopped him for suspicion of driving under the influence on U.S. 395 north of Reno near Susanville, California hours after Gurolla was killed.

Prosecutors said during a six-day trial that ended on Monday Padilla eventually admitted punching Gurolla and stomping on her head. Investigators later determined she had been seeking to end their relationship.

In the other case, Dwayne Jones, 28, will have to serve a minimum of 50 years before he can be considered for parole after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in a shooting last summer.

Travis Beutler, 28, died. Buetler’s sister and fiance were seriously injured.

Police said Jones shot Beutler six times, then fired three shots into a car with the two women because Jones mistakenly believed they played a role when he earlier was sprayed with bear mace.