An Oakland man has been convicted of second-degree murder for fatally shooting a man who stole his brother’s truck last year. An Alameda County Superior Court jury announced its verdict against 31-year-old Rolando Castellanos on Wednesday for the shooting death of 30-year-old Hector Ramirez in the 9700 block of C Street, near Elmhurst Park, in East Oakland at about 12:10 a.m. on Feb. 19, 2012. Prosecutors said Ramirez stole a truck that belonged to Castellanos’ brother outside the home that the two brothers shared.
Castellanos and his brother were alerted to the truck theft while they were inside their home. Castellanos loaded his .22-gauge rifle and his brother armed himself with a shotgun and both men hopped into the back of a car driven by their teenage neighbor to look for the victim and the truck, according to prosecutors. After the Castellanos brothers and the teen had driven a few blocks, they spotted the truck and stopped it by cutting it off, prosecutors said. Castellanos and his brother got out of the car with their weapons and pulled Ramirez out of the truck, according to prosecutors. Ramirez began running away from them but both Castellanos and his brother shot him, prosecutors said. Ramirez died from multiple gunshot and shotgun wounds.
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