Just outside a popular Hesperia cantina, a bloody crime scene told the story: Shell casings spoke of multiple gunshots that hit three victims. Bloody clothing painted a picture of severe injuries - and murder.

That graphic image, which was captured in words by a reporter just hours after early morning, Sept. 10, 2006 Los Domingos cantina parking lot crime, stayed with a Victorville jury as it deliberated on the fate of Ruben Macias, 24. The verdict, which was reached last Thursday, was guilty on first-degree murder and four other charges.

Macias, formerly of Fontana but residing in Hesperia when the crime occurred, is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 10. He could receive more 75 or more years to life in prison on top of life without the possibility of parole, a sentence he also faces due to an allegation that he was affiliated with the South Side Fontana Gang.

Besides the first-degree murder conviction, Macias was found guilty on one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, one count of street terrorism, and two counts of attempted murder that were found to be willful, deliberated and premeditated with a gang allegation.

Macias was found guilty of murdering Luis Martinez, 21, of Victorville, and wounding Sergio Lugo, 33, of Barstow, and an unnamed juvenile.

During the trial, Deputy District Attorney Britt Imes, who presided over Macias' prosecution, showed the jury photos of tattoos worn by Macias. The tattoos were shown to link Macias to the Fontana gang.

Public defender Herb Williamson, however, contended that his client, Macias, felt threatened when they approached Macias. The prosecutor countered by saying the three victims were shot for wearing Los Angeles Dodgers clothing.