Joel Valera found guilty of killing popular Parlier coach

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Joel Valera was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his neighbor Artie Gomez in a Fresno courtroom Thursday.

Joel Valera was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his neighbor Artie Gomez in a Fresno courtroom Thursday.

Valera killed Gomez, a popular Parlier coach, four years ago. He shot Gomez as his teenage sons and nephews prepared for a camping trip.

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Valera was not in the courtroom when the verdict was read. The judge ordered him ejected earlier in the day because of his disruptive outbursts.

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Gomez's family cheered and then sobbed after the verdict was delivered, and at least one juror wiped away tears.

This story will be updated.

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