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4th conviction in Craigslist murder

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The fourth and final defendant in the robbery and killing of a man who advertised a ring on Craigslist has been convicted in Tacoma.

The Pierce County prosecutor's office says 24-year-old Clabon Berniard will face the equivalent of life in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 9 in Superior Court.

The jury found him guilty Monday of robbery, burglary, assault and murder charges for the April 2010 home invasion shooting of 43-year-old James Sanders of Edgewood.

Three others who went to the home pretending to be interested buyers, Kiyoshi Higashi, Amanda Knight and Joshua Reese were convicted and sentenced to lengthy terms in prison. 

Berniard's lawyer argued he wasn't in the home at the time.

Past coverage:

May 5, 2010: Craigslist murder suspects arrested in California

100-year sentence in Craigslist killing

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — One of the people convicted of killing a Pierce County man who had listed a ring for sale on Craigslist was given a 100-year prison sentence Tuesday in Tacoma.

The 22-year-old Joshua N. Reese was convicted June 7 of murder, burglary, robbery and assault for his role in the April 2010 home invasion attack in Edgewood where Jim Sanders was fatally shot.

Co-defendants Kiyoshi Higashi and Amanda Knight were convicted earlier this year. Higashi was sentenced to 124 years in prison and Knight to 71 years.

The News Tribune reports the trial for Clabon Berniard is set for later this year.

Past coverage:

May 5, 2010: Craigslist murder suspects arrested in California

Woman convicted in Craigslist killing

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A jury has convicted a woman for her role in a fatal home-invasion robbery in Washington state that was linked to an Internet ad for a diamond ring.

The trial of 22-year-old Amanda Knight went to the Pierce County jury Wednesday. Jurors returned the guilty verdict Thursday on charges of murder, robbery and assault.

Knight's lawyer argued Knight was forced to participate by Kiyoshi Higashi, who already has been convicted of shooting Jim Sanders in front of his family last April at his Edgewood home. Higashi was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.
 
The News Tribune reports two other men, Clabon Berniard and Joshua Reese, have pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges and await trial.
 
Detectives allege the four went to Sanders' home posing as customers who wanted to buy a diamond ring that Sanders posted for sale on Craigslist.

Guilty verdict in 1st Craigslist killing trial

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Jurors have convicted the first Craigslist killing defendant to go on trial of first-degree murder in the death of a Tacoma-area man gunned down in his home after advertising a diamond ring for sale.

Pierce County Superior Court jurors deliberated only a few hours Tuesday before convicting 23-year-old Kiyoshi Higashi (right) in the death last April of 43-year-old Jim Sanders. Higashi was also convicted of first-degree burglary and two counts each of second-degree assault and first-degree robbery.

The News Tribune says Higashi could face a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Higashi is the first of four defendants to go to trial. He took the witness stand in combative testimony Monday and admitted taking part in the robbery, but denied shooting Sanders.

Sanders' brother, Derek, and widow, Charlene Sanders, are pictured above hugging supporters after the verdict.

Past coverage:

May 5: Craigslist murder suspects arrested in California

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