Ceres man found guilty in Modesto teenager’s fatal shooting

03/25/2014 4:56 PM

03/25/2014 6:12 PM

A Ceres man faces 50 years to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting of a 16-year-old boy in south Modesto.

Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Linda McFadden scheduled Saul Hernandez’s sentencing hearing for April 22. The jurors returned with a guilty verdict Monday afternoon after a three-week trial, according to Assistant District Attorney Carol Shipley.

Hernandez, 35, was convicted of fatally shooting Modesto resident Alberto Beraza. The shooting occurred shortly after 5 p.m. Aug. 22, 2011, in front of Boomers Car Audio on Crows Landing Road.

Beraza’s family will have an opportunity to give a victim impact statement in court during Hernandez’s April sentencing hearing.

A description of a white Audi and a partial license plate number led authorities to a car registered to Hernandez. The Audi was found at his home in the 2800 block of Morgan Road in Ceres.

Ceres police said Hernandez’s Audi was discovered with what appeared to be blood on its exterior. Later that night, Hernandez turned himself in at the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.

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