Crime

Jury convicts two men accused of botched Lakewood drug hit

A Pierce County jury convicted two men this week of a botched drug hit that killed a Lakewood man who was not their target.

The jury found 41-year-old Mazzar Robinson and 32-year-old Michael Rowland guilty of first-degree murder, burglary and attempted robbery Monday.

They also convicted Robinson of conspiracy to commit murder and unlawful gun possession.

Both are to be sentenced this year, and Robinson faces life without parole under the state’s “three strikes” law.

They’re two of seven people charged in the Nov. 12, 2012, death of 32-year-old Jaime Diaz-Solis.

Prosecutors said the grouped planned to kill a rival drug dealer, but ended up fatally shooting Diaz-Solis instead.

The man accused of ordering the attack, 30-year-old William Manuel Alvarez Calo, is scheduled for trial this year.

Robert Leon Smith Jr., 36; and Jiffary Alexander Mendez, 31, pleaded guilty and await sentencing in the killing.

Fidel Gaytan Gutierrez Jr., 33, and Ray Steven Turner, 34, pleaded guilty and were sentenced. Gaytan Gutierrez was given 12 years in prison, and Turner got 12 years, two months.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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