Man convicted in Northeast Bakersfield party shooting that killed two, wounded two

Posted at 11:36 AM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 14:36:49-04

A man is facing life without the possibility of parole after he was convicted of shooting four people at a party in Northeast Bakersfield in 2013, the Kern County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

Julio Jesus Romero was convicted Wednesday of two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder in connection to the shooting on May 26, 2013.

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Investigators say Romero showed up to a party on Columbus Street, got into a fight after he refused to pay a $2 cover charge, then shot four people in the back. Two people died -- Feliberto Ponce and Jose Garcia III -- and two people were critically injured, including one man who was left paralyzed after the shooting.

Romero was a "self-proclaimed member of the Colonia Bakers criminal street gang," but the victims weren't affiliated with any gangs, said Deputy District Attorney Joseph Marcano.

Romero then fled to Mexico, where he was arrested in Sinaloa in June 2015.

Romero is scheduled to be sentenced on September 15.