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Garden Grove man convicted of parents' murder

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

June 1, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 29-year-old Garden Grove man was convicted Tuesday of plotting the 1999 murders of his parents.Jose Alonso Najera Jr. was convicted by an Orange County Superior Court jury of one count of first-degree murder in his father's death, and one count of second-degree murder in his mother's death.

Prosecutors had argued that Najera plotted the stabbing murders of his parents in order to steal their savings, which had been placed in a safety deposit box in anticipation of the Y2K problem, the so-called "Millennium Bug."

Prosecutors say Najera and co-defendant Gerald Thomas Johnson of Villa Park killed Jose Najera Sr. and Elena Najera and took $18,000 the couple had taken out of the bank because of Y2K worries.

Johnson was convicted by a jury March 15, 2002, of two felony counts of special circumstances murder with a sentencing enhancement for multiple murders. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on May 22, 2002.

Najera faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole at his sentencing on June 28, 2010.

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