RIVERSIDE — A 22-year-old Canyon Lake man who blasted his best friend with a shotgun in Moreno Valley in what the prosecution argued was a case of intimate feelings gone sour was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder.
After three days of deliberations, a Riverside jury found Houston Michael Boji guilty of the Nov. 10, 2015, shooting death of 18-year-old Nicholas McCauley of Moreno Valley.
Houston Michael Boji<br />File photo
The jury also found true sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations, and Boji is expected to be sentenced on Sept. 7 to 40 years to life in state prison.
Deputy District Attorney Sharunne Foster argued that Boji intended to kill McCauley and telegraphed his intentions well in advance with threatening texts, including one stating, “I’m serious. I will shoot you when I see you mother(expletive).”
She theorized that Boji had developed passionate feelings for his longtime friend, with whom he socialized almost daily, and became incensed when McCauley did not reciprocate.