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UTAH REACTION RANGES FROM GLEE TO SADNESS

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You can convict Yolanda Saldivar and lock her up for life, says West Valley's Jose Libardo Munoz, but Selena's still not coming back.

"It's sad what happened, but putting (Saldivar) in prison until she dies changes nothing," said Munoz. "Nobody wins, Selena is already dead. (Saldivar) should pay for her crime, but maybe they can help her so she can still do something good in her life."Most Selena fans disagree.

Reaction from Salt Lake's Hispanic community stretched from glee to renewed sadness Monday after a Houston jury found Saldivar guilty of murdering the Tejano superstar. The jury was expected to decide on a punishment Tuesday.

Phone lines at Ogden's La Mexicana Spanish-radio station lit up with folks wanting to confirm the verdict and vent anger, frustration and relief.

"Some callers have said they want Saldivar to rot in jail - they would rather have her spend her life behind bars then give her the death sentence," said disc jockey Andy Acosta.

Monday's call-in's were sandwiched between a medley of Selena songs to mark the event.

Omar Pacheco, Salt Lake, was satisfied with Monday's verdict.

"I think the jury did the right thing, there was just too much evidence against Saldivar," he said. "I think it would be best if they sent her to prison for about 20 or 30 years."

Meanwhile, talk at Glendale's Talamahu Maketi Latin Market often revolves around Selena's slaying, said employee Rosa Castilla. "Everyone's paid attention to the trial on Spanish television. It seemed like the whole world felt like Saldivar was guilty."