LANCASTER – Two brothers were convicted Tuesday of murder and other charges for a car-to-car shooting in Palmdale that resulted in the death of a 7-year-old girl.
Jesus Alberto Peralta, 24, and Carlos Peralta, 21, both of Palmdale, were found guilty of one count each of first-degree murder in the killing of Desirae Macias.
The jury also found them guilty of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle and three counts of attempted murder. And jurors found gun allegations to be true.
The confrontation that triggered the shooting began around 12:40 a.m. Sept. 4, 2013, at a gas station near Fort Tejon Road and Pearblossom Highway – an area commonly referred to as “Four Points,” according to Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Chung.
The Peralta brothers issued a gang challenge to a man, and following a brief confrontation, the man left the scene with his girlfriend and her two children, according to court testimony. The Peraltas then got in a vehicle, pursued the family through residential streets in Palmdale and fired several rounds at the family’s car, according to court testimony.
Desirae Macias was shot in the head and died four days later after being taken off life support.
The brothers are due back in a Lancaster courtroom for sentencing July 24.
Jesus Peralta is facing 170 years to life in state prison, while Carlos Peralta faces a maximum 110-year-to-life prison term, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
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