SAN BERNARDINO – A 21-year-old Moreno Valley man was convicted on Friday for the shooting death of a 4-year-old boy.
Daniel Munoz was playing with a stuffed animal in the front yard of a relative’s home in the 7400 block of McKinley Avenue when he became the unintended victim of a shooting on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Munoz suffered a gunshot wound to his neck and was rushed to the hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.
According to the news release, the incident occurred when a drug dealer and other men were gathered across the street from the boy. Darron Daniels now faces life in prison after being convicted of one count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. Jurors also found true multiple gun allegations.
When the charges were filed in 2015, District Attorney Mike Ramos vowed to hold those who committed the crime accountable to the fullest extent of the law. “My heart still hurts today for this young boy’s family, knowing they will never be able to experience the joy of his smile or watch him grow up,” Ramos said, after news of Friday’s conviction. “This coward stole that from his family. He stole it from all of us. Sadly, we will never know what great things Daniel would have gone on to achieve in this world. While justice was swift in this case, it can never replace the pain Daniel’s family will forever endure.”
Daniels is scheduled back at the San Bernardino Superior Court for sentencing on Tuesday, December 17, 2016.
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