A 23-year-old Marysville man can expect to spend the rest of his life in prison for killing two men for their drugs.
Snohomish County Superior Court jurors on Thursday convicted Robert Edward Anderson of aggravated first-degree murder in the Jan. 13 slayings of Brady Brown and Ronald Greenwood.
Anderson admitted fatally shooting the two men, both 24, along a Marysville road to get at the drugs they were carrying.
Anderson’s attorney, public defender Karen Halverson, had urged jurors to convict her client of second-degree murder, a lesser crime.
Before the killings, Anderson had been up for days smoking and snorting methamphetamine, jurors were told. He was so high at the time that he lacked the ability to plan the killings, Halverson said.
Deputy prosecutor John Adcock countered there was no evidence Anderson was unable to premeditate his crimes.
“Don’t let the defendant rely on the crutch of drugs to excuse what is essentially a coldblooded street execution,” he said in closing arguments.
Anderson’s aggravated murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without possibility of release. Prosecutors earlier ruled out seeking the death penalty.
Sentencing is scheduled Dec. 4.