Man, 28, convicted in fatal home invasion

A Tucson man is facing a life sentence after being convicted late Friday of first-degree murder and other felony charges in a June 2011 deadly home invasion.

Manuel Jesus Pesqueira, 28, was accused of being one of two men who broke into a West Irvington Road apartment on June 29, 2011, seeking drugs and money.

Leonardo Cota-Leyva, 25, one of the apartment's occupants, was shot in the head and killed. A second man escaped injury.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Richard Fields will sentence Pesqueira to life in prison with or without the possibility of release on March 13.

Kim Smith

Pedestrian killed was Tucsonan, 55

A 55-year-old pedestrian killed Friday on Tucson's northwest side has been identified.

Marc Ohden was crossing North Campbell Avenue near East Limberlost Drive when he was struck by a 2005 Ford Mustang just before 6:30 p.m., Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson police spokesman, said in a news release.

Ohden was wearing dark clothing and was crossing from east to west in an area without a traffic light or crosswalk and was hit after stepping off the curb, Widmer said.

The driver and passenger of the car were not injured.

Veronica M. Cruz

Pascua Yaqui man, 19, sentenced in assault

A 19-year-old Pascua Yaqui man was sentenced in federal court to 18 months in prison for stabbing another man.

Michael A. Alvarez-Suarez was sentenced Jan. 31 by U.S. District Judge Marvin Aspen to prison time along with three years of supervised release, said a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Alvarez-Suarez pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault on Nov. 29, 2012, the release said.

The stabbing incident took place on Aug. 1, 2011, when Alvarez-Suarez stabbed a man twice with a pocket knife during a confrontation on the Pascua Yaqui Nation, the release said. The victim had non-life-threatening injuries.

Pascua Yaqui police arrested Alvarez-Suarez, who was prosecuted in Tribal Court and sentenced to six months in prison for the assault, the release said.

Alvarez-Suarez was indicted by a federal grand jury for felony aggravated assault and was taken into custody after serving his tribal sentence on Jan. 25.

Veronica M. Cruz

Slain man's vehicle found on E. 28th St.

Tucson police found a homicide victim's missing SUV Sunday night.

The 1994 Ford Explorer belonging to 59-year-old George Martinez was found in the 100 block of East 28th Street at 9:45 p.m., Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson police spokesman, said in a news release.

The vehicle was not occupied and was impounded.

Martinez was found unconscious by his roommate at a home in the 2200 block of East 19th Street on Feb. 2, the release said.

Martinez had "obvious signs of trauma" and was pronounced dead at the scene, the release said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Veronica M. Cruz

S. Tucson cops seek man in Jan. 12 killing

South Tucson police are looking for a 20-year-old man in connection with a Jan. 12 homicide.

Robert Anthony Vasquez, also known as "Poopie," is a person of interest in the shooting death of 18-year-old Jacob Leon that happened near South 10th Avenue and West 29th Street, police said in a news release.

Vasquez stands between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs around 140 pounds, has brown hair and eyes, and a light mustache and goatee.

Police believe he might be living near Lakeside Park on Tucson's east side.

Vasquez is known to carry weapons and has gang ties, the release said.

Anyone with information about the man's whereabouts is asked to call 88-CRIME (882-7463).

Veronica M. Cruz

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