A 17-year-old El Segundo high school student was convicted of second-degree murder and attempted murder Thursday for shooting two Burbank youths in a clash that marked the beach town’s first serious brush with gang violence.
Torrance Superior Court jurors deliberated for a week before concluding that Jeffrey Dobrovolny fired the shots that killed 17-year-old Jeramy Perales and wounded Jorge Castellano, 21, during a car chase through at least three South Bay cities on Feb. 15.
Judge John Shook ordered Dobrovolny taken into custody pending sentencing on Oct. 31. The youth, who had been free on $250,000 bail, faces as much as 22 years to life in prison.
According to testimony, the shootings occurred after Perales, Castellano and friends met about 25 El Segundo youths at a sandwich shop on Imperial Highway.