VICTORVILLE A Hesperia man was convicted Thursday of the 2008 murder of a 27-year-old victim and is facing up to about 30 years to life in prison.


After about a day of deliberations, jurors found Troy Dante Fava, 27, guilty of the first-degree murder of Adam Atencio. They also found him guilty of burglary and grand theft.


In March 2008, Fava along with Peter Michael Lewis, Christopher Shane Rivera and Charles Bruce Carr went to confront Lucas Buckingham at his Hesperia apartment. Carr testified in Rivera's trial last year that Fava wanted to beat up Buckingham for threatening his family.


Atencio was visiting Buckingham and hanging out in the living room when Fava, Lewis and Rivera suddenly walked into the apartment and into Buckingham's bedroom, Deputy District Attorney Jill Gregory said.


The prosecutor told jurors that what happened next is not all that clear.


Buckingham testified that he and Fava got into a physical fight in the bedroom. Then they heard a thud, and Fava and Lewis headed to the living room. According to Carr's testimony, Rivera said he shot Atencio because the victim wouldn't stop shooting.


Although Fava was upset with Buckingham, defense attorney Cliff Peters said his client had no intention of killing Atencio or stealing from Buckingham. Fava couldn't have aided or abetted the murder because he didn't know Rivera had a gun, the defense lawyer argued.


Rivera and Lewis have both been convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 33 years to life in prison.


As the clerk read the verdict just before noon in a Victorville courtroom, families from both sides moaned and wept softly. Fava's family members said, "I love you, Troy," as they headed to the door after the verdict.


Fava had almost no reaction listening to the guilty verdict, but appeared to have tears in his eyes as he got escorted out of the room by court deputies.


"It's been a rough, rough time coming to court," said Linda Atencio, the victim's mother. "I'm glad they've been found guilty. They won't be able to cause any more harm. Of course, our pain doesn't go away but you don't have to think about them and connect them to our son."


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