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A man was convicted by a Lebanon jury of the April 2018 double homicide of two men on Route 72 in Cornwall.
According to a press release from Lebanon County District Attorney Pier Hess Graf, Gilberto Torres-Reyes was convicted on June 26 of two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Jelson Dejesus Ortiz, 34, and Alexis Rafael Perez Garcia, 28.
The two men were found with gunshot wounds on Route 72 near the Route 322 West exit ramp in Cornwall on April 9, 2018.
According to police, Torres-Reyes was fleeing after robbing a bank in Berks County earlier on April 9. Graf said a witness placed Torres-Reyes in the car with the two men and said he had smoked crack cocaine and used other drugs.
The car exited the Turnpike at the Lancaster-Lebanon exit and headed north on Route 72, according to Graf. Witnesses heard gunshots before the vehicle crashed, Graf said, and saw two men exit the vehicle and collapse in the roadway.
According to a post from Cornwall Borough Police Chief Bruce Harris, Torres-Reyes was riding in the back seat of the vehicle when he shot the two men as the car passed the ramp for Route 322 eastbound.
Witnesses saw a third man fleeing the scene, believed to be Torres-Reyes. He was later found by law enforcement in a New York City hospital, where Graf said he had checked himself in under a fake name.
According to the news release, Torres-Reyes denied any involvement with the incident when interviewed by law enforcement.
Torres-Reyes is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 19.
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