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Man found guilty in slaying of restaurant owner

Friday - 8/30/2013, 9:40pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A jury has convicted a man of first-degree felony murder in the beating and stabbing of a D.C. restaurant owner.

Jurors delivered the verdict Friday after a two-week trial against 23-year-old Alexander Gomez-Enamorado in the slaying of 54-year-old Miguel Ventura.

Ventura, who owned Izalco Restaurant, was found dead by his daughter in his restaurant in November 2010.

Prosecutors say Gomez-Enamorado and another man tried to rob Ventura at knifepoint. Police say Ventura fought back, and was stabbed 10 times and beaten, with his nose and cheekbones broken.

Officials say Gomez-Enamorado told police that he was just a witness to the crime and fraudulently received assistance from the Crime Victim's Compensation Program. He was arrested in May 2012.

Gomez-Enamorado faces more than 100 years in prison at sentencing Nov. 8.


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