Felon who killed man in love triangle sentenced

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A parolee who gunned down a romantic rival on a Hemet street was sentenced Friday, Oct. 8, to 125 years to life in state prison. A Banning jury in August deliberated less than a day before convicting 42-year-old Samuel James Wright of Hemet of the 2020 slaying of Frank Ray of Hemet. Jurors found Wright guilty of first-degree murder, 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 imposed the maximum sentence during a hearing at the Banning Justice Center. According to the prosecution, there was ill will between the defendant and Ray because both men were involved with the same woman, whose identity was not disclosed in court documents. The two men h
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