Man sentenced to life for 2009 mini-mart killing

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A man who shot two people in Reno, then was arrested in San Diego, has been sentenced in Washoe District Court to life in prison.

30-year-old Miguel Antonio Padron was convicted of First-Degree Murder with a Deadly Weapon and Attempted Murder, and sentenced December 29, 2017. He will be eligible for parole after serving 32 years.

In July 2009, Reno Police responded to a report of a shooting at the 7-Eleven on Peckham Lane. Officers found two victims with gunshots to their chests. The female victim, 50-year-old Esther Ramirez, stopped breathing shortly after their arrival and officers began CPR, but died after being taken to a hospital.

The second victim, Ramirez's 24-year-old son, gave police a description of the shooter, later identified as Padron. The son survived the shooting.

Police determined the victims had stopped at the convenience store with several members of their family. While there, the son was confronted by Padron, an alleged rival gang member. Witnesses told detectives the son tried to diffuse the situation by telling Padron he was with his family and did not want any trouble. At one point during the confrontation between the two men, Esther Ramirez tried to intervene. Padron responded by pulling a gun and firing several shots, hitting both victims. Padron then left with several other people.

Detectives got information that Padron had gone to Mexico. In 2016, they received word that Padron had been arrested and was in custody in San Diego. He was extradited to Washoe County in March 2016 and charged with murder and attempted murder.