Man faces at least 50 years for East Palo Alto murder

A 21-year-old East Palo Alto man will spend at least 50 years in prison after being convicted of murder in a trial that ran into a delay because of discussion between a juror and a bailiff.

Jurors found Kevin Maldonado guilty Friday of first degree murder with use of a gun and attempted murder with use of a gun in the fatal shooting of one man and the wounding of a second man during an argument in East Palo Alto in September 2009.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe says Maldonado is facing 77 years to life in prison, with a minimum of 50 years when he's sentenced March 2.

Jurors had reached a verdict on Wednesday after deliberating for three days, but it was also revealed that a juror had talked to a bailiff about working together on a play.

When deliberations resumed with an alternate juror, Maldonado was convicted.

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