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Spokane jury convicts man for Quality Inn murder

Third-strike rapper faces life in prison

A rapper faces life in prison after a Spokane jury convicted him of murder today.

John A. Castro, who goes by the name Lil Danger, shot and killed Moses Lake rapper Jose A. “Junior” Solis Jr. during an altercation at the Quality Inn in downtown Spokane in November 2011.

The conviction amounts to a third strike for Castro. He faces a mandatory life sentence without parole.

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