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Suspect in Nevada Case Convicted in Utah

Suspect in Nevada Case Convicted in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A man investigated in the disappearance of a Nevada woman has been convicted of aggravated assault and other crimes in a confrontation with Salt Lake County sheriff's officers.

Juan Carlos Tellez was convicted by a 3rd District Court jury Wednesday of third-degree felony counts of aggravated assault and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person and class A misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon.

Tellez, an undocumented immigrant with several aliases, is under suspicion but has not been charged in the Nov. 10 disappearance of Bertha Anguiano, 33, a Carson City video store owner with whom he had been having an affair.

Anguiano's 3-year-old son, bruised and covered with blood, told police a man named "Juan" had killed his mother and thrown him from a truck.

On Nov. 21, Carson City and Salt Lake County officers were watching Tellez's pickup, which he had stashed at a Salt Lake City apartment complex.

When Tellez returned about 10 a.m. for the truck, Salt Lake County Detective Sgt. Keith Stephens ordered him to surrender. Tellez pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at Stephens. Tellez was disarmed by Salt Lake County Detective Brent Adamson, who hit him with his police vehicle.

Tellez will be sentenced May 3.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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