BANNING (CNS) - A parolee who gunned down a romantic rival on a Hemet street was convicted today of murder and other charges. A Banning jury deliberated less than a day before finding 42-year-old Samuel James Wright guilty of killing fellow Hemet resident Frank Ray in December.
Along with the murder count, jurors convicted Wright of being a felon in possession of a firearm, witness intimidation and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Rene Navarro scheduled a sentencing hearing for Oct. 8 at the Banning Justice Center.
Wright, who is being held without bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, is expected to receive 50 years to life in state prison. According to the prosecution, there was bad blood between the def