A second Pierce County jury has reached the same decision as a previous group in the so-called “Craiglist Killing” case against Clabon Berniard.
Berniard, 28, was convicted again Wednesday of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and first-degree burglary in the 2010 killing that left Edgewood resident Jim Sanders dead and his family terrorized.
Berniard faces the equivalent of a life prison term when sentenced June 19, the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said.
He was convicted of identical charges in 2011 and sentenced to 124 years in prison, but the Washington State Court of Appeals overturned those convictions last year, citing errors by now retired Superior Court Judge Rosanne Buckner.
Berniard and three others – Kiyoshi Higashi, Joshua Reese and Amanda Knight – were charged with invading the home of Sanders and his wife, Charlene, in 2010, beating the couple, terrorizing their two sons and burglarizing their home.
They got into the home by feigning interest in buying a diamond ring Jim Sanders had advertised on Craigslist.
Higashi shot 43-year-old Jim Sanders to death when he fought with the intruders in an attempt to save his family.
Higashi, Reese and Knight have been convicted of murder and other charges and are serving long prison sentences.
Berniard has contended he did not participate in the crime, but deputy prosecutors Greg Greer and Erica Eggertsen argued that evidence showed he was there and held a gun to Charlene Sanders’ head while demanding the location of the family’s safe.