3rd person convicted in WA home invasion
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A third person has been convicted in a fatal Tacoma-area home invasion robbery linked to a Craigslist ad.
A Pierce County Superior Court judge on Tuesday convicted 22-year-old Joshua N. Reese of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary, as well as robbery and assault counts, in the April 28, 2010, attack on Jim Sanders and his family.
Judge Rosanne Buckner decided the case after Reese waived his right to a jury trial.
The News Tribune says Reese was one of four people who entered the family's Edgewood home under the pretext of buying a diamond ring Sanders had advertised on Craigslist. The attackers tied up and robbed the family and Jim Sanders was fatally shot.
Reese's sentencing is scheduled June 28.
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 Pierce County prosecutor's office says Clabon Berniard is set for trial later this year.