Garden Grove man convicted of parents' murder

SANTA ANA, Calif. 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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