The February death of a York City man has been ruled a homicide, the result of complications from a gunshot wound he suffered more than two decades ago, the York County coroner says.

On Monday, Coroner Pam Gay announced that autopsy results show Juan Sanchez, 36, of the 400 block of West Market Street, died as the result of gunshot wounds to the torso.

Sanchez died Feb. 13, and authorities quickly opened a probe into his death to see if it was connected to a shooting that happened in the early 1990s.

An autopsy was performed on Sanchez's body at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital on Feb. 17, Gay said.

Shot: Sanchez was paralyzed when he was shot in the spine in York City on June 9, 1992, York City Police had said.

Jose Ariel Negron, 43, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced to eight to 16 years in prison for the shooting, according to court records.

Negron could, however, now be tried on homicide charges.

Even though Negron already served time for the shooting, York County District Attorney Tom Kearney previously said double jeopardy is not an issue because Sanchez was alive at the time Negron pleaded guilty to the shooting but has since died.

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