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Guilty verdict for Yakima man charged with murder, assault

Guilty verdict for Yakima man charged with murder, assault

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- A Yakima man is facing up to 59 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of murder Thursday morning.

It took less than a day for jurors to convict Ricardo Dimas of second-degree murder and first-degree assault.

Dimas shot and killed 47-year-old Anna Hargett outside her home in January 2016 after a drug deal dispute. He testified that it was self defense as Hargett yelled at him to leave and came at him with an ax.

Prosecutors said Dimas escalated the situation and was the aggressor.

“They really seemed to believe that she was in her home defending herself and her family and I don’t think they gave much weight to self defense because he didn’t have a right to be there,” said deputy prosecuting attorney Andrew White.

The judge also convicted Dimas separately for unlawful possession of a firearm. He has a felony criminal history.

Dimas is scheduled to be sentenced in September.

UPDATE: Dimas was sentenced to 48 years in prison, September 8.

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