Man found guilty of shooting, killing teen in orchard east of Bakersfield

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A man accused of killing a teen back in 2017 in an orchard off Breckenridge Road, was convicted.

Ivan Ruiz, now 19 years old, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Michael Ballesteros. Ballesteros was found shot to death in an orchard off Breckenridge Road, east of Bakersfield, in February 2017.

Ruiz was arrested two weeks after the murder, but his identity was protected because he was a juvenile at the time of the crime.

He was tried as an adult and is facing life without the possibility of parole. 

Ruiz’s sentencing is set for Nov. 6.

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