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Alleged Hitman Convicted of Murdering Yakima Real Estate Broker

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YAKIMA, WA. -- A second man involved in the death of Yakima real estate broker Vern Holbrook has been convicted of first degree murder.

The alleged hitman, Luis Gomez-Monges now faces life behind bars after being found guilty of first degree murder. The jury needed just over one day of deliberation to find Monges guilty of slitting the throat of 79-year-old Vern Holbrook at an empty house in Cowiche.

Daniel Blizzard, the man who hired Monges to kill Holbrook after a deal to buy his real estate company fell through, has already been convicted of first degree murder. These two verdicts have come after more than a year of hard work from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office and the prosecutor's office. We talked with Sheriff Ken Irwin after the verdict. 

"We're so very pleased with the outcome," Sheriff Irwin said. "I'm so very pleased as the Sheriff of the teamwork with the prosecutors office and our detective and everyone else involved in this. They did a very good job."

This trial has seen it's fair share of dramatic moments. From the police video showing when Holbrook was found barely alive to Monges taking the stand and pointing the finger at Adriana Mendez. Monday was no different, with family members of Monges weeping after the verdict was read.

Mendez and Jill Taylor, Holbrook's former daughter in law, will be released with time served in exchange for their testimony. That has left many people on our Facebook page very upset. 

For now, both Blizzard and Monges sit behind bars awaiting sentencing on October 30th, finally bringing this whole terrible ordeal to an end.