A man from Ohio USA, was convicted of the fatal shooting of two teenagers whom he found smoking marijuana inside a vehicle in his garage.
Victor Santana, 65, of Dayton, He will be sentenced later this month after being convicted of murder and criminal battery on Thursday.
Santana He shot the two 17-year-olds when he found them inside their detached garage that they thought was abandoned late at night in August 2019, authorities said.
He wanted to use the state’s new law on the right to defense, claiming that it was only trying to “defend his possession,” but a judge ruled earlier this year that the rule could not be applied retroactively to the murders of Devin Henderson and Javier Harrison.
His attorney, Lucas Wilder, said that Santana He saw them come through the front door and was afraid they would enter his house, so he took his gun and went looking for them.
Santana He did not know if they had weapons or if they were going to attack him, Wilder said during the trial.
“At that moment, fear hits him and he decides to shoot”he said, according to the Dayton Daily News.
Ja’shin Gibson, who was with the teens but was not injured and hid under the car, testified that Santana he opened the door and fired at the vehicle without warning.