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Second man convicted in Charlotte's 'Top Model' murders

Mirjana Puhar, 19, was one of three people killed in a house near uptown Charlotte in February 2015. On Friday, Emmanuel Rangel became the second man convicted in the killings.
Mirjana Puhar, 19, was one of three people killed in a house near uptown Charlotte in February 2015. On Friday, Emmanuel Rangel became the second man convicted in the killings. Special to the Observer

A second man linked to Charlotte's "America's Next Top Model" killings was convicted of three murders on Friday and sent to prison for the rest of his life.

The Mecklenburg jury handed down its guilty verdict against Emmanuel Rangel, 22, after a 10-day trial.

Police say Rangel and Edward Sanchez were after drugs when they shot and killed three people in February 2015 in a home outside of uptown Charlotte.

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The dead included 19-year-old Mirjana Puhar, a former contestant on the TV show "America's Next Top Model."

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Emmanuel Rangel, 22, was convicted Friday of three murder in connection to the February 2015 triple slaying near uptown. One of his victims was Mirjana Puhar, a former contestant on "America's Next Top Model."

Sanchez was convicted of four murders last year, including that of Rosool Harrell, 22, a Xanax dealer, who was shot outside a Matthews hotel two days before the other killings.

Charges against two other co-defendants are pending.

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After his arrest, federal officials said Rangel had wrongly been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program protection from deportation despite appearing in a federal database of suspected gang members.

Michael Gordon: 704-358-5095; @MikeGordonOBS
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