Ryan Demonte Buford, age 19, was convicted in the carjacking and shooting death of 23-year-old Jose Moya Torres.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Nashville teenager has been found guilty in the carjacking and murder of a 23-year-old who was lured to a friend's house to help work on her car.
Officials said 19-year-old Ryan Demonte Buford was convicted of felony murder, especially aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence. Buford was 17 at the time of the murder, but was tried as an adult.
He was sentenced to an automatic life sentence of at least 51 years in prison for the felony murder charge. He was expected to be back in court in November for sentencing on the other two charges.
Buford and three other people were charged with luring Jose Martin Moya Torres from Hermitage to a home on Lovell Street in North Nashville in March 2011.
Moya Torres went to the home after 37-year-old Tara Adcock said she needed help with her car.
Officials said Adcock, Buford, 18-year-old Ewing Green and 35-year-old Lashonda Williamson planned to rob Moya Torres when he arrived.
During the robbery, Buford shot Moya Torres, who fell to the pavement at the end of Stella Pipkin's driveway.
At the time, Pipkin told NewsChannel 5 she heard three shots and came outside to see what was going on. Pipkin said Moya Torres was still conscious when she called 911 emergency dispatchers.
"I said 'can you talk?' He said 'yeah'. He said he was 23, and that they had taken his wallet and his keys. Police came up and he said they'd taken his car," Pipkin said.
Moya Torres was able to give police information about the shooting before being rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He died while in surgery.
The suspects later abandoned the stolen vehicle and attempted to set it on fire. It was found about 17 miles away on Edenwold Road off Gallatin Pike in Madison.
Adcock and Williamson were arrested two days later and charged with criminal homicide.
Buford and Green surrendered themselves at the North Precinct. Police said the pair bailed out of a car during a police pursuit earlier the night of the shooting.
Two of the other suspects have already pled guilty for their parts in Moya Torres' murder.
Green pled guilty to 2nd degree murder, especially aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence. He was sentenced to serve 40 years in prison. Williamson was sentenced to 37 years in prison.
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