Former Store Clerk Guilty of Sacramento Murder

Oct 21, 2014 7:59 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Sacramento jury has found a former Walgreens clerk guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a teen outside the drug store four years ago.

The Sacramento Bee reported Monday that 24-year-old Johnathan Mendivil faces 40 years to life in state prison when he's sentenced next month.

Prosecutors said the shotgun killing of 15-year-old Elijah Stacy Cook was fueled by revenge over a scuffle nearly two weeks earlier between Mendivil, Cook and others at the store where Mendivil worked.

Mendivil's younger brother Jeremy testified that Jonathan fired the deadly blasts.

In exchange for his testimony, Jeremy Mendivil received a voluntary manslaughter deal from prosecutors. He faces a 12-year prison term when he is sentenced Oct. 31.

After Monday's verdict, Cook's mother, Michelle Cook-Berry, said she was relieved.


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