Men Found Guilty of 2007 Murder of Aquitania and Infant Son

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Witness In Aquitania Shootings Challenged By Defense Attorneys

Sean Aquitania with his infant son in 2007.


Two men have been found guilty in the murders of Sean Aquitania and his 7-month-old infant son back in 2007. A Sacramento County jury took three days to deliberate.

Christopher Strong and Donald Ortez Lucero faced two counts of murder for the September 2007 deaths of Aquitania and his son at a South Sacramento home during a home invasion robbery. Tuesday morning a jury found them both guilty of both counts.

Aquitania arrived at a home, and left his son in the car outside. The father was attacked inside the home. The infant was found dead still strapped in his car seat.

A key witness in the trial was Richard Noguera. He was initially arrested in connection with the shooting after reportedly telling a girlfriend he was involved. However, he said he made the statement in a drunken rant, and evidence showed he was not near the shooting scene at the time of the incident.

Noguera was Strong and Ortez Lucero’s roommate and testified the defendants told him about Aquitania’s shooting.

Testimony in this case began February 3rd. Ortez Lucero and Strong each face a sentence of life without parole. They will be sentenced in May.

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