SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A 27-year-old Sioux City man has been found guilty of killing two people and trying to kill another.
A Woodbury County jury returned the verdicts of first-degree murder against Juan Nino-Estrada on Tuesday evening in Sioux City. He was convicted of shooting to death Michael Delgado, of Sioux City, and Yolanda Valdez, of Orange City, and wounding Luis Sanchez, also of Sioux City. The shootings took place Nov. 7 at Sanchez’s house.
Public defender Mike Williams told jurors in final arguments that Nino-Estrada shot the others because he feared they would hurt him. Woodbury County Attorney Terry Ganzel argued that Nino-Estrada was angry, having accused Sanchez of having sex with his girlfriend.
A first-degree murder conviction in Iowa carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.