John Albay Galafate was found guilty of murdering Delano resident John Espinoza in court Thursday.
The 2013 murder case started out as a missing person’s report. According to Delano police, Galafate kidnapped and later murdered 88-year-old John Espinoza in September 2013.
Espinoza’s body was later found in the trunk of his car, which was submerged in a canal. He was on the Delano Planning Commission and a Word War II veteran.
Galafate’s sentencing will be held March 6.