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Two gang members found guilty of stomping 8th grader to death

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 05:  Police tape marks the crime scene after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University on June 5, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  A gunman is in custody after four people were shot on campus resulting in one death. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 05: Police tape marks the crime scene after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University on June 5, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. A gunman is in custody after four people were shot on campus resulting in one death. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)  (2014 Getty Images)

Two gang members were found guilty of first-degree murder after authorities said they stomped to death an eighth-grader they wrongly accused of belonging to a rival gang in California.

A jury returned the verdict Tuesday against 20-year-old Jacob Lynch and 19-year-old Clemente Salas after a 10-week trial, the San Jose Mercury News reported (http://tinyurl.com/zm89agx).

Both could face life in prison without the possibility of parole when sentenced.

The two men were arrested along with six others in 2012 after 14-year-old Heriberto Reyes and his older brother were attacked on a basketball court. Reyes died three days later.

Five other attackers previously pleaded guilty to lesser charges after cooperating with the investigation.

Another gang member was found guilty of assaulting the victim's brothers and two others and could face a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

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