NEWBERRY SPRINGS – A Newberry Springs man was convicted of the murder of his 71-year-old stepfather District Attorney officials said. Jose Fontenot, 25, was found guilty by a jury at the Victorville Superior Court. The jury returned with verdict following less than a day of deliberations. Fontenot was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting of his stepfather, Jimmy Handley who was shot and killed on the front porch of his Newberry Springs Home in 2011.
Fontenot suspected a romantic relationship between Handley (his stepfather) and his sister. “On the night of the murder, Fontenot confronted his sister and stepfather about their relationship,” said Deputy District Attorney Shannon Faherty, who prosecuted the case. “Fearing what Fontenot may do, his sister called 911 and stayed on the line with the operator for 24 minutes. At the conclusion of the emotional 911 call, the jury could hear the shot fired that killed Jimmy Handley.”
Fontenot was also linked to an additional shooting murder when an inmate came forward sharing information that linked him to a 2009 murder of Gregory Boriack, a 46-year-old truck driver. Boriack was found shot in the head in the parking lot of the Bun Boy Restaurant in Barstow. Fontenot was convicted of 2nd-degree murder in that case in September 2016. Sentencing where Fontenot will face life without the possibility of parole is scheduled on March 10, 2017, for both murders.
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- Jimmy Handley: (SBCDA)