Dead Norwalk motorist earns woman conviction for Whittier crime spree

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NORWALK (CNS) – A woman was convicted today of a one-day crime spree last year in the Whittier and La Mirada areas that claimed the life of a motorist who had been waiting at a traffic light.

Jurors deliberated more than a day before finding Reyna Gomez, 27, guilty of one count each of murder and carjacking, along with 14 counts of attempted murder, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The panel also found true gun and gang allegations against her.

The jury deadlocked on one other charge — torture — against Gomez.

Co-defendant Alejandro Lazo, 22, is awaiting trial on one count each of murder and carjacking and 14 counts of attempted murder. He is due back next month in a Norwalk courtroom for a pretrial hearing.

Prosecutors said the one-day crime spree included a carjacking in Pico Rivera, the shooting and wounding of a man in an alley in Whittier and shots being fired at two vehicles, leaving one person injured, on April 29, 2017.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies subsequently learned of another shooting at Santa Gertrudes Avenue and Alicante Road in La Mirada, which claimed the life of Jose Sahagun, a 44-year-old Norwalk man who was a social worker and married father of two sons, authorities said.

Sahagun was shot multiple times as he sat in his vehicle while waiting at a traffic light, according to the sheriff’s department.

Gomez and Lazo — both reputed gang members — allegedly passed a handgun between them and took turns shooting at “innocent victims” during the crime spree, according to a press release issued last year by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shortly after the pair were arrested.

The two — who themselves had been shot — were arrested that night by Whittier police after being found wounded outside a Santa Fe Springs motel, sheriff’s officials said. It was unclear who shot the couple, officials said then.

Authorities said they determined that Lazo and Gomez matched the description of the suspects involved in the earlier shootings.

The duo had been released from prison less than six months earlier, authorities said.

Lazo — who was on parole — had been convicted of extortion and assault and Gomez for auto theft and receiving stolen property, officials said.

Gomez stands to receive a prison term of up to 280 years to life when sentenced.

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