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Man convicted of torturing, killing girlfriend’s 8-year-old son because he thought the boy was gay

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A jury found a man guilty of torturing and killing his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son after prosecutors argued he inflicted the horrific abuse because he believed the boy was gay.

Isaura Aguirre, 37, was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday in the death of Gabriel Fernandez, who was found with a cracked skull, three broken ribs, and BB pellets embedded in his lung and groin in his Palmdale, Calif. home in 2013.

Aguirre was also found guilty of a special circumstance of torture, which means he faces either the death penalty or life in prison without parole, CBS reported. He will be sentenced on Nov. 27.

Isaura Aguirre, 37, was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday in the death of his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son Gabriel Fernandez.

(NBC News)

Prosecutors said Aguirre didn’t like Gabriel because he believed the boy was gay, and forced him to wear girls’ clothing to school,WREGreported.

Gabriel was also beaten with a belt, forced to eat cat litter and feces, and bound and gagged with a sock stuffed in his mouth before he was made to sleep in a small cabinet, according to prosecutors. His teeth were also knocked out.

In May 2013, Aguirre, who is 6 feet tall and 270 pounds, punched and kicked the boy, who weighed less than 60 pounds, until he was unconscious.

Gabriel Fernandez, 8, was fatally abused by his mother Pearl Hernandez and her boyfriend Isauro Aguirre.

Gabriel Fernandez, 8, was fatally abused by his mother Pearl Hernandez and her boyfriend Isauro Aguirre.

(Gabriel’s Justice via Facebook)

With the help of Gabriel’s mother Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, 34, they hid the boy’s bloody clothing and tried to hide a dent Aguirre left in the wall during the beating before they called 911, prosecutors said.

The boy was declared brain-dead at the hospital, and died after he was taken off life-support two days later.

“This was intentional murder by torture,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami told the court. “Do not go back in the jury room and make excuses for the defendant…This had nothing to do with drugs…this had nothing to do with mental health issues.”

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Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, 29, is awaiting trial next year for capital murder, with prosecutors seeking the death penalty.

(Irfan Khan/LA Times via Getty Images)

Hatami cried while hugging Gabriel’s biological father on Wednesday after the conviction, the LA Times reported.

Gabriel’s mother is awaiting trial next year for capital murder, with prosecutors seeking the death penalty.

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Grandparents Sandra and Robert Fernandez attend the memorial service for their grandson Gabriel Fernandez, 8, at Church of the Foothills on June 12, 2013 in Sylmar, Calif. The Palmdale boy was found beaten and bruised with broken bones. He died at the hospital May 24. His mother and her boyfriend were charged with murder and torture.

(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via AP)

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