Manuel Urango of Fremont was convicted of first-degree murder today for what prosecutors say was the random shooting of Afghan-born Alia Ansari in broad daylight on a quiet street on the afternoon of Oct. 19, 2006.
Urango, 30, faces a state prison term of 50 years to life when Alameda County Superior Court Judge Reginald Saunders sentences him on April 4, because he also was convicted of using a gun, negligently discharging a firearm and being an ex-felon in possession of a handgun.
Jurors deliberated for about two days before reaching their verdict against Urango, who has six prior felony convictions for charges including grand theft, auto theft and possession of drugs.
According to Fremont police, the shooting occurred when Ansari, 38, was walking with her 3-year-old daughter Latifa in the area of 37637 Glenmoor Drive in Fremont on their way to Glenmoor Elementary School, where they were to pick up two other daughters.
Ansari had a total of six children.
The case generated widespread attention because some of Alia Ansari’s family members, as well as local Muslim leaders, said the shooting appeared to be a hate crime. (MORE)