Life sentence handed down to gas station murderer

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Francisco Rodriguez receives a life sentence for the fatal shooting during a confrontation at a Visalia gas station last year

VISALIA — A Tulare County Superior Court judge handed down a life sentence to 27-year-old Francisco Rodriguez on Thursday for the murder of a man at a Visalia gas station in 2022.

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The incident occurred in the early hours of Aug. 7, 2022, at a gas station on Lovers Lane. According to court documents, Rodriguez and his associates became embroiled in a confrontation with another group inside the convenience store. The altercation escalated and continued into the parking lot.

As the opposing group attempted to flee in their vehicle, Rodriguez, armed with a handgun, fired six shots, fatally striking an adult male. The entire episode was captured on the gas station’s surveillance cameras.

Rodriguez fled to Mexico following the shooting but was captured at the border in June 2023. On April 18, 2024, he was convicted by a Tulare County jury of second-degree murder with an additional charge for personally and intentionally discharging a firearm causing death.

Under California law, Rodriguez is required to serve a minimum of 25 years before he is eligible for parole, disregarding any credits for time served, as per the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The case was led by Supervising Deputy District Attorney Kalina Laleva and investigated by the Visalia Police Department.

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