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Convicted Circle K killer will spend rest of life in prison

Happened in 2021 at West Valencia and South Midvale Park roads
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Posted at 4:05 PM, Aug 14, 2023

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — In another road-rage sentencing from 2021, the convicted killer will spend his entire life in prison.

Lazaro Enrique Villa Jr. was involved in a shooting at a Circle K at the corner of West Valencia and South Midvale Park roads. Responding police say the parking lot was crowded, resulting in a wreck, which led to gunshots fired.

Investigators decided Villa Jr. shot and killed 50-year-old Jaime Tadeo Avila.

On Thursday, May 25, a jury found Lazaro Enrique Villa Jr. guilty of the following:

  • FIRST-DEGREE MURDER
    • As alleged in COUNT ONE of the Indictment, F1 – Natural Life in the Department of Corrections
  • DRIVE BY SHOOTING
    • As alleged in COUNT TWO of the Indictment, F2 – 21 years in DOC
  • AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, DEADLY WEAPON/DANGEROUS INSTRUMENT
    • As alleged in COUNT THREE of the Indictment, F3 – 15 years in DOC, 794 days credit, concurrent with Count Two

Authorities confirm Avila's young son was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

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