2 Men found guilty in shooting near Arizona Mills mall

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PHOENIX -- The following is a press release from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office:

County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced today that two men have been found guilty on charges related to the shooting of a male victim near the Arizona Mills Mall on December 15, 2007.

Francisco Norzagaray, 26 (DOB 4/26/82), and Jesus Valdez Aguilar, 22 (DOB 8/4/86), were found guilty on multiple charges, including attempted first degree murder, on November 25, 2008.

According to a Tempe Police probable cause statement, the defendants lured the victim into the back seat of a car and demanded $900.00 from him.

When he refused, the defendants began to drive the victim away from the Arizona Mills area. Afraid for his life, the victim began to unlock the car door but was grabbed by the shirt and held in place.

He was then shot in the back before he was able to jump from the moving car. An extended hospital stay that included multiple surgeries was needed to tend the victim's injuries.

Thomas stated, "These guilty verdicts will help to ensure public safety and send the right message as Christmas nears."

Norzagaray and Aguilar were found guilty of Attempted First Degree Murder, a class two dangerous felony and Kidnapping, a class two dangerous felony; Norzagaray was also found guilty of Forgery, a class four felony.

The defendants, both of whom reside in Phoenix, will be sentenced on January 8, 2009.

Norzagaray has two prior convictions and has been previously deported.

Aguilar has one prior conviction and is also in the country illegally.