Man convicted in Lamont murder of Rodolfo Garcia sentenced to life in prison

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The man convicted in the murder of Lamont resident Rodolfo Garcia was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday. 

Jose Epifanio Garcia Jr. was found guilty on several charges including first-degree murder, assault with a firearm on a person and participating in a street gang back on August 27. Tuesday a judge handed down a sentence of life without parole. 

Kern County Sheriff says Garcia Jr. shot and killed Rodolfo on December 2, 2017. Two others were injured during the same shooting at 11121 Main Street in Lamont. When deputies arrived they located a subject in front of the business suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Deputies immediately began life-saving measures and continued until they were relieved by medical personnel. The victim was transported to Kern Medical where he died as a result of his injuries. That person was identified as Rodolfo Garcia. 

There were also a man and woman who sustained injuries from the gunfire. Officials said they were not involved in the shooting and were patronizing a business in the area.

Their injuries are considered mild to moderate and are non-life threatening. Both were transported and treated at Kern Medical.

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