A state appeals court panel Thursday rejected a bid for re-sentencing by a Los Angeles man convicted of fatally shooting one man and wounding two other people during an auto race at the Irwindale Speedway nearly two decades ago.

The three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected Ramon Reyes’ contention that a judge erred in finding he was ineligible for relief in light of a recent change in state law that affects defendants convicted in some murder cases without appointing an attorney to represent him .

“Acting alone, Reyes carried a loaded gun and then, acting alone, shot a man to death,” the panel found in its four-page ruling, which noted that the new state law does not apply to his case.

Reyes was convicted of second-degree murder for the Aug. 15, 2002, slaying of Leo Elder, 35, along with attempted murder and assault with a firearm.

The appellate court panel noted that a fight broke out in the bleachers at the Irwindale Speedway and that “Reyes responded by shooting a combatant, one Leo Elder who died at the scene.”

Reyes then aimed at a woman who had not been involved in the fight and was looking at him, striking her twice and leaving her with serious and permanent injuries, according to the ruling.

Another man was grazed by one of the bullets that had struck the woman, the justices noted.

Reyes then aimed at a woman who had not been involved in the fight and was looking at him, striking her twice and leaving her with serious and permanent injuries, according to the ruling.

In a 2004 ruling upholding his conviction, a state appellate court panel found that “substantial evidence” supported the jury’s verdict.

“The very fact that appellant took a loaded gun into the racetrack was evidence of planning, in that it showed advance consideration of the possibility of killing or attempting to kill some other person attending the races,” according to the 2004 ruling.

Reyes — who was arrested in the speedway’s parking lot — was sentenced in April 2003 to 72 years to life in state prison.

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