Man accused of killing 2 people in 2 counties in one night, is convicted of murder


Accused of killing two people in two counties in one night, Portage resident Zachary Patten was found guilty Monday of first-degree premeditated murder in the death of 31-year old Graciela Portillo-Esparza.

Portillo-Esparza was shot July 20, 2017, at the Americana Estates Mobile Home Park, after she stepped in between her brother and Patten, who were arguing.

Patten left the scene and drove to Florence Township, where he is accused of fatally shooting Shane Richardson, his ex-wife's new husband. He was later arrested in Indiana.

On Monday, Patten also was convicted of illegal carrying a concealed weapon, which carries a five-year penalty; and a felony firearms charge, which carries a mandatory two-year sentence. On the murder conviction, he faces a sentence of life in prison.

He will be sentenced in March 19.

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