20-year-old Joshua Reese was found guilty today in the home invasion murder of James Sanders in Edgewood, Washington. Reese was part of the 4 man team that stormed the house of Mr. Sanders after he posted a diamond ring for sale on craigslist.
Previously Kiyoshi Higashi, the gunman who shot Mr. Sanders, was convicted and sentenced to over 100 years. Amanda Knight was convicted and sentenced to 71 years.
Reese is also looking at 71 years and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 28th.
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.