District Attorney Tim Ward has announced murder and gun charges against Jorge Rivera, age 26, in the death of a Tulare County dairyman on Tuesday. 

Rivera is charged with first-degree murder with the special allegations of personal use of a firearm (handgun), one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and one count of possessing an assault weapon which was found in his vehicle. Rivera was scheduled to be arraigned on Friday at the county pre-trial facility in Visalia where a future court date was scheduled to be set. If convicted of all charges, Rivera faces life in prison. 

“The taking of any human life is unacceptable. This senseless, violent, and horrific murder not only impacts a family, but an entire community,” Ward said. “My office will be seeking the maximum sentence allowed under California law.”

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