A Calabasas man was convicted Thursday of first-degree
murder for gunning down a popular El Camino Real High School student and soccer
goalie outside his family's home in Winnetka last year.
The Van Nuys Superior Court jury deliberated less than a day before
finding Jason Alejandro Schumann, 26, guilty of the Jan. 11, 2012, killing of
17-year-old Francisco "Pancho'' Rodriguez.
Jurors also found true gun-use allegations.
The teenager was killed after returning home from a soccer game during
which El Camino Real played Taft High School to a scoreless tie.
Police said a red-haired woman or girl knocked on the family's door
around 6 p.m. and asked for the teen by name. He was shot several times in the
chest and back when he went into the front yard of the home in the 6900 block
of Cozycroft Avenue.
Schumann was jealous because the teen had been sexually involved with
Schumann's girlfriend, according to Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman.
Schumann is facing 50 years to life in state prison, with sentencing
scheduled Oct. 1 before Judge Michael Jesic.