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Two men convicted of murder in 2012 botched hit on Mexican drug cartel member in Washington State

July 29, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Two men convicted of murder in 2012 botched hit on Mexican drug cartel member in Washington State

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A jury convicted two men who were charged with the murder of a member of Mexican drug cartel in Lakeland, Washington, prosecutors say.

According to KOMO News, guilty verdicts for first-degree murder were returned for 41-year-old Mazzar Robinson, and 32-year-old Michael Rowland on Monday.

Both men stood accused of a botched hit that resulted in the shooting death of Jamie Diaz-Solis, outside his Lakewood apartment in November 2012.

Prosecutors said over the course of the murder investigation, police DEA agents discovered that Diaz-Solis and his roommate, Juan Hidalgo-Mendoza, had belonged to a “major drug distribution chain for a Mexican drug cartel.”

Hidalgo-Mendoza told police and DEA investigators that on the day of the murder, he was present inside the apartment when he heard a man’s voice followed by a gunshot. He immediately fled the apartment by jumping out of the window and later returned to discover Diaz-Solis’ body.

During a subsequent search of the victim’s residence, investigators found 38 pounds of methamphetamine, heroin, along with $37,000 in cash, according to prosecutors.

A third suspect, William Alvarez told police investigators months later that he had orchestrated the plot for the men to murder Hidalgo-Mendoza as part of a plan to rise in the ranks in the cartel’s distribution chain.

However, the plan went askew when the suspects accidentally shot Diaz-Solis instead of their intended target.

Hidalgo-Mendoza would end up getting convicted and subsequently sentenced to 15 years-to-life in prison on drug-related charges, while four other co-conspirators would also plead guilty. Two have already been incarcerated, and two other defendants are awaiting sentencing.

The jury found both Rowland and Robinson guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, burglary, attempted robbery, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The judge set Rowland’s sentencing date for August and September for Robinson.

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