SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane jury found Jason Flett guilty of first degree murder on Friday. Flett was on trial for the 2012 murder of Ramona Childress. Her family says the conviction will help bring closure.
"You know, it was finally a win for Ramona," said Abraham Carroll, Ramona's brother.
Abe describes his sister as a devoted mother and daughter.
"She was full of love," said Carroll. "That was almost the thing you hated about her, there were so many hug, so much love. It was smothering, but it was it most definitely is her best characteristic."
Prosecutors say Flett killed Childress because she had information that could send him back to jail. Investigators found that Flett strangled Childress before beating her with a shovel and stabbing her.
A year after she went missing, a witness told police that he helped Flett bury her body outside of Elk.
The jury also found that a deadly weapons enhancement applied to this case, which will add jail time to Flett's sentence.
"This was a difficult case for the jury to hear," said Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell. "There was some photographs and evidence that were very difficult for someone who is considered a lay person, for the them to digest."
Haskell explained that because of the aggravating circumstances and the weapons enhancement, Flett could get life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for September 26.