SoCal grocery founder guilty in racketeering trial

April 20, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The owner of a Southern California grocery chain has been found guilty of racketeering, solicitation of murder and other crimes after a trial in which prosecutors said the markets were run like a criminal enterprise. A Los Angeles federal court jury on Monday returned numerous convictions against George Torres, who founded the Numero Uno markets that serve some of the region's poorest neighborhoods.

Charges against his older brother, Manuel Torres, were dropped when the judge ruled prosecutors didn't have enough evidence.

The brothers, along with two others, were indicted in 2007 after an 18-month federal investigation.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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