Defendant tries to escape courtroom as his guilty verdict is read

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A man who had just heard his guilty verdict being read, tried to leave the courtroom Tuesday.

Carlos Cervantes, 32, was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors said Cervantes shot his neighbor, 51-year-old Jeffrey Villegas, and 30-year-old Jose Ceja back in September 2016.

According to documents, friends and family told Delano police detectives that Villegas owed Cervantes money for work performed on Villegas’ home.

Police reports state Cervantes had previously threatened Villegas with a gun two days prior to the murders.

As Cervantes heard the verdict in court, he tried to leave the courtroom, ignoring the commands given by deputies and had to be subdued. 

Cervantes faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

He is set to be sentenced in August.

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