Jose Bonilla-Ortiz convicted of murder in shooting that killed 1, injured 6 others in Reading

Man convicted of deadly shooting could get out on bail

READING, Pa. - A man was convicted of third degree murder Monday for his role in a bar fight that resulted in gunfire, killing one person and wounding six others.

Jose Bonilla-Ortiz was one of three people who opened fire at an illegal after-hours club on Schuylkill Avenue in Reading in November 2009.

As many as 100 people were inside the bar at the time of the shooting, police said. One of them, a Maryland man, was killed; six others were wounded.

Bonilla-Ortiz was arrested nearly a year later after an investigative grand jury reviewed the case. He was acquitted Monday of first degree murder. A judge set his bail at $250,000, meaning he could be released from jail until he is sentenced.

No other arrests have been made.

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