On Monday, a San Joaquin County Superior Court judge will sentence a man convicted of killing a Lodi woman and wounding her boyfriend as the couple returned home from a date.
In Dec. 2013, a jury convicted Miguel Araiza Jr., 18, on all counts he faced in the slaying of Angelica Osorio, including first-degree murder, attempted murder, possession of methamphetamine and participating in a street gang.
Judge William Johnson will sentence Araiza, who faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
During a month-long trial, no physical evidence that surfaced could be directly tied to Araiza. In addition, detectives never found the murder weapon. However, Osorio’s boyfriend, who was wounded in the March 2012 shooting, identified Araiza as the gunman hours after the shooting and again during the trial.
Osorio’s boyfriend, who Deputy District Attorney Janet Smith asked remain anonymous because of concerns for his safety, said Araiza mistook him for a rival gang member and opened fire on the couple.