Judge Convicts Man For Killing Deputy In 2001

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A 27-year-old schizophrenic man has been found guilty of first-degree murder with special circumstances for fatally shooting a Fresno County sheriff's deputy seven years ago.

Ramadan Abdullah was convicted by Fresno County Judge Ralph Nunez on Friday for killing 26-year-old Deputy Erik Telen in 2001. The judge also convicted him of three counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer.

Nunez will likely sentence Abdullah to life in prison without the possibility of parole next month.

Prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty last week after Abdullah agreed to waive his right to jury trial and allow a judge to decide his fate.

Telen was the first Fresno County sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty in almost a century.
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Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com

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