ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A man who fatally shot his girlfriend at a pizza restaurant and wounded her pregnant co-worker has been convicted of first-degree murder and other counts.
Luis Rodriguez now faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole when he’s sentenced Oct. 29.
The 49-year-old Harborcreek man claimed he was drunk and didn’t intend to kill 25-year-old Alicia Stalheim at the pizzeria in Erie on Nov. 24, hoping he would be convicted on a lesser charge.
But a jury rejected his arguments Thursday after deliberating for about two hours over two days.
Rodriguez was also convicted of attempted murder for shooting Stalheim’s 27-year-old co-worker, Ashleigh Fuhrman, in the shoulder as she left the restaurant. Fuhrman suffered nerve damage but survived and had a healthy baby.