Irvine Man Convicted of Murdering Father to Get Car to Visit Girlfriend

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A 23-year-old Irvine man was convicted Wednesday of murdering his father in order to steal his car and money so he could visit his girlfriend in another state.

Steven Joseph Bruno was found guilty of one felony count of second degree murder in connection with the 2012 crime, according to a news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Bruno fatally shot his father, 60-year-old Ernest Bruno, in the victim’s Irvine home on Aug. 30, 2012, the release stated.

After the shooting, Steven Bruno locked his father’s body in a bedroom and left for Colorado in his car, prosecutors said.

Family members discovered the crime and called authorities who released a description of the defendant and the vehicle, according to the release.

Steven Bruno was arrested the next day by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department in Colorado.

He was scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 18 at which time he faced a maximum of 40 years to life in state prison.