Man convicted in slaying of Commerce City jewelry store owner

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — A man was convicted Wednesday in the slaying of a Commerce City jewelry store owner.

Anton Valdez, 23, was found guilty in the death of Bernardo Saenz, who owned the La Joyeria jewelry store at 5908 E. 64th Ave. in Commerce City, according to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Saenz was shot to death on May 17, 2012 during the robbery of his store.

Evident presented during the trail, which began Monday, said that Saenz was shot four times at close range when he emerged from a back room after hearing breaking glass.

Valdez was convicted on charges of first-degree murder after deliberation, first-degree felony murder, two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.

The DA’s Office said he will be sentenced on Friday in an Adams County District court.