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Teen given 50-yr sentence for killing, burning friend

Jose Campos, 19, was convicted of killing his friend, Adrian Rios, and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

December 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A Hemet teen was sentenced Friday to 50 years to life in state prison for murdering his friend and later dismembering and burning the body in 2009.

Jose Manuel Campos, 19, was sentenced to 25 years to life for the murder and an additional 25 years to life for personal use of a firearm.

Campos was convicted by a Riverside County jury on Oct. 27, 2011, of the murder of 17-year-old Adrian Rios.

Rios, who was 17 at the time of his death, was murdered after he watched a football game at Campos' home Nov. 15, 2009. Rios was involved in an altercation with Ivan Ruiz, a friend of Campos'. Campos joined in on the fight and fatally shot Rios with a rifle.

It was reported that the boys had also been drinking and smoking marijuana that night.

At some point Rios body was dismembered.

Campos and Ruiz later burned Rios' body in a makeshift grave near a fire pit in Campos' backyard.

Ruiz pled guilty to being an accessory and was sentenced to 180 days in county jail and three years of formal probation.