A Bakersfield couple was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2016 death of a Hanford pastor, Tulare County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Jesus Jeronimo, 24, and Angelita Reyes, 42, were convicted in the death of Reyes’ ex-boyfriend and Hanford pastor Abrahan Gaspar-Reyes, 40.
On April 3, 2016, Reyes lured Gaspar-Reyes to a remote vineyard near Earlimart, according to officials. Once there, Jeronimo attacked Gaspar-Reyes, forcing him into the back of truck, according to the district attorney’s office.
Jeronimo drove the three to an almond orchard where he forced the pastor out of the truck and walked him into the orchard at gunpoint. Gaspar-Reyes’s pleaded for his life saying, You don’t have do this, it’s the devil’s work. But if you do it, God can still forgive you,” the district attorney’s office released.
Jeronimo fired the gun, killing him instantly.
Following the shooting, Reyes and Jeronimo drove to Shafter for empanadas before going to their Bakersfield home.
Evidence revealed Reyes was the last person to speak to her former boyfriend before his disappearance and murder. The pair were arrested two days later.
They will be sentenced Oct. 19 and each face a life sentence without the possibility of parole.