Amanda Knight was the woman who was tried and convicted for the home invasion murder of James Sanders in Washington state. As you may know Mr. Sanders posted an ad on craigslist selling a diamond ring which led to the home invasion where he was shot and killed.
Late last week the 22-year-old Knight was sentenced to 71 years in prison for her role in Mr Sanders’ death. She was the one who placed the phone call stating that she had an interest in the ring. She was also present at the time of Mr. Sanders’ murder.
Previously the gunman, Kiyoshi Higashi, was convicted and sentenced to 100+ years. The other two accused of being complicit in Mr. Sanders’ murder, Clabon T. Berniard and Joshua Reese, are still awaiting trial.
In the state of Washington last week a jury convicted Amanda Knight in the murder of James Sanders. Sanders had advertised a diamond ring for sale on craigslist and became the victim of a home invasion where he was killed. Sanders was shot and killed by Amanda Knight’s boyfriend Kiyoshi Higashi who had been previously convicted for James Sanders’ murder and was sentenced to 124 years.
Clabon T. Berniard and Joshua Reese are still awaiting trial.
All four suspects in the case, Knight, along with Clabon T. Berniard, who surrendered to police, Kiyoshi Higashi and Joshua Reese have all entered pleas of not guilty. They are all being held on bonds of $2M each.
Three suspects in the deadly craigslist home invasion in Edgewood, Washington have been captured.
Joshua Nathan Reese, 20, Kiyoshi Alan Higashi, 22, and Amanda Knight, 21, have all been arrested and charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of James Sanders.
As you may recall Sanders was shot and killed after his family advertised a diamond ring for sale on craigslist. This allegedly brought the trio to Sanders’ home posing as buyers. Sanders was shot and killed trying to defend his teen age son after the son was pistol whipped.
All three were arrested in California after a traffic stop produced stolen tags and a firearm in the car. Knight was able to bail herself out before police could connect them to the Washington murder however she turned herself in on Tuesday.
Police believe there may be other suspects involved as well.
Committing murder during a robbery is a capital offense in Washington and can be punishable by death. Washington state also still has a working gallows if the convicted chooses to go that way.