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Murder Conviction Upheld in Decades Old Pasco Murder Case

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PASCO, Wash. - The Court of Appeals has upheld the murder conviction against a man who killed 5 men more than 25 years ago in Pasco.

Today, the court upheld the 5 counts of aggravated first degree murder and one count of attempted first degree murder against Vicente Ruiz.

Ruiz was found guilty of murdering five men in a Pasco garage back in 1987.

Police arrested Ruiz in Mexico in 2006 for the execution-style slayings of five men in an auto body shop. Prosecutors extradited Ruiz to Pasco after agreeing with the Mexican government to seek the death penalty.

In 2011, a Franklin County judge sentenced Vicente Ruiz to life in prison without parole.

The Court of Appeals only addressed one issue by Ruiz in the court's published ruling. However, in finding no error, the court held "... It was a small part of a strong State's case."

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