A Davidson County Criminal Court jury Wednesday morning convicted a Brown Pride gangster of shooting a rival gang member during a 2007 car chase.
The jury found Jonathan Gutierrez, 20, guilty of the premeditated first-degree murder of 19-year-old Lucio Garcia, along with four counts of aggravated assault involving four juvenile girls in Garcia’s car at the time of the incident.
The murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence of at least 51 years. A sentencing hearing is set for Feb. 15 to determine the sentences on the assault convictions.
The shooting — which was later a topic in a Gangland television show broadcast — happened in the early morning hours of Aug. 26, 2007, after Garcia and the girls drove past and yelled insults at the Brown Pride gangsters.
Gutierrez and three others jumped in a car and pursued Garcia’s car, shooting at it as the two vehicles at times sped more than 100 miles per hour.
During the trial, Gutierrez was said to be the gunman who fired the fatal shot that struck Garcia in the left cheek and severed his spinal cord. The chase ended at the Wedgewood Avenue ramp to Interstate 65.
Gutierrez, who was a juvenile at the time of the murder, talked with a reporter about the circumstances of the cases for the History Channel’s Gangland television series. The jury watched clips from the interview footage during the trial.
Hector Lopez and Alvin Gutierrez, who were in the car with Jonathan Gutierrez, still face charges for their alleged roles in the shooting.