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Ronald Quiceno, 38, of Detroit Lakes has been found guilty of the murder of Travis Buckanaga.

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The jury deliberated about two hours Tuesday afternoon before returning the guilty verdict. Quiceno was found guilty of four of the five counts he was charged with.

He was found guilty of second-degree murder with intent with the use of a firearm, second-degree murder without intent with the use of a firearm, assault in the second degree and prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

He was found not guilty of second-degree attempted murder. That charge stemmed from the shooting of Barris Guy, who had a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the neck.

The shooting took place Jan. 26 at Kountry Manor Mobile Home Park, located north of Detroit Lakes on County Road 21.

Family members of both Quiceno and Buckanaga, who were seated in the gallery, cried when the verdicts were read.

Guy was also allowed to be in the gallery for the verdict. He is serving time in the Becker County Jail.

Multiple members of law enforcement were inside and outside the courtroom and courthouse when the verdict was read. Judge Lisa Borgen asked those in the gallery to be respectful of each other and not to have any outbursts. There were none.

Borgen said Quiceno’s bail has been revoked until the time of his sentencing. A pre-sentence investigation will be held, and she said sentencing will not be held for at least 30-45 days.

As Quiceno was led out of the courtroom, he sobbed and said “love you” to his wife, who was seated a few feet behind him in the gallery. His sobs could be heard after he was escorted into the hallway and conference room outside of the courtroom.

Defense attorney Simon George said Wednesday that Quiceno “still maintains his innocence” and plans to appeal. The appeal process doesn’t start until after his sentencing though.

Pippi Mayfield, Detroit Lakes Tribune

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