PASADENA, Calif. -- A reputed gang member was convicted of
attempted murder Tuesday in connection with a drive-by shooting
that wounded Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dennis Weathersby.
Juan Serna, 26, of Baldwin Park, was found guilty by a jury of
trying to murder Weathersby and a second man. Serna also was
convicted of two counts of shooting from a motor vehicle and a
count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Serna faces multiple life terms at his sentencing, scheduled for
Weathersby was getting into his car April 20 when several
alleged gang members in a white sport utility vehicle drove up and
opened fire at him in an unincorporated area near his hometown of
Duarte, authorities said.
Serna mistook the two victims for gang members, said Deputy
District Attorney Steve Lopez. Weathersby was hit by a bullet that
entered his back below his lungs, passed through his torso and
lodged in his upper left arm. His friend escaped injury.
The former Oregon State star had been expected to be a first- or
second-round draft pick in the NFL draft. Instead, he was picked in
the fourth round by the Bengals.