Pair convicted of trying to shoot deputy, but jury acquits on other counts

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BANNING (CNS) - A convicted felon and his sidekick who tried to kill a Riverside County sheriff's deputy in San Jacinto were both convicted Friday of attempted murder of a peace officer and other offenses. After four days of deliberations, a Banning jury found Andre Marsalis Sanchez, 27, and David Alexander Almeras, 25, guilty of the 2015 attack, but jurors deadlocked or acquitted the pair of other charges. Along with the attempted murder count, both defendants were convicted of shooting at an occupied vehicle and possession of an assault weapon. The jury hung 11-1 in favor of convicting Sanchez of a separate count of attempted murder of a peace officer and 11-1 in favor of convicting him of assault on a peace officer. Almeras was acquitted of carjacking, and both defendants we
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