SPOKANE, Wash. - A 34-year-old man has been sentenced to 82 years in prison for fatally shooting his uncles at a Spokane Valley apartment complex.
The Spokesman-Review reports Christopher Ramirez was convicted in the 2014 killing of brothers Juan Gallegos-Rodriguez and Arturo Gallegos before his sentencing last week.
Court documents say Ramirez's trial was delayed because he was determined incompetent to stand trial before spending 90 days at Eastern State Hospital for competency restoration.
Court documents say the prosecution's case relied in part on testimony from a neighbor. Ramirez's public defender, Derek Reid, argued unsuccessfully to suppress testimony because the man was unable to identify Ramirez as the man he had spoken to. Judge Raymond Clary allowed the testimony.
The jury also found Ramirez guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm.
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