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Sentencing was postponed Thursday for a man who gunned down a former co-worker, whose body was found encased in concrete more than a week later in the Santa Fe Springs area.

Juan Galvez, 38, was convicted Oct. 23 of first-degree murder for the Dec. 23, 2012 shooting death of Guillermo “William” Diaz, 38. Galvez was also convicted of possession of methamphetamine.

He faces up to 50 years to life in prison. His sentencing, originally set for today, was put over until Nov. 23.

Diaz’s body — which was buried and encased in concrete at a shop nearby where the defendant lived and worked — was unearthed eight days later, after Galvez’s brother-in-law went to police to report his suspicion that Galvez might have been involved in the victim’s disappearance, according to Deputy District Attorney Steven Schreiner.

Jurors heard from two witnesses who testified that Galvez had made threats against Diaz and another employee who worked at the business from which he had been fired, Schreiner said.

Galvez bought shotgun shells earlier that day while wearing a disguise, but told police he shot Diaz in self-defense, according to the prosecutor.

Galvez was arrested by Whittier police the day Diaz’s body was discovered.

—City News Service

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