Man convicted of attempted murder in Southeast Bakersfield shooting

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man was convicted of attempted murder Friday for firing a 12-gauge shotgun at point-blank range at a person in bed. 

Jose Lara, 34, faces 40 years to life in prison for the the Nov. 1, 2016, shooting in Southeast Bakersfield. A jury convicted him of attempted murder, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. 

Prosecutors said deputies were called to a residence and found a person suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The victim managed to provide deputies with the first name of his assailant, prosecutors said, and investigators determined the victim had been in a dispute over stolen items the night before.

Following the argument, Lara left the victim’s residence but returned in the early morning and shot the victim while he was in bed, according to prosecutors. He then took the victim’s cellphone and fled. 

Sentencing is set for May 20. 

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