March 12, 2011 From http://www.ten8.wordpress.com
Victim was targeted after advertising a diamond ring for sale on website
www.msnbc.com staff and news service reports
TACOMA, Wash. — A 23-year-old man convicted in the Craigslist killing of a Tacoma-area man has been sentenced to 124 years in prison.
Tacoma’s News Tribune reported Kiyoshi Higashi was unrepentant in court Friday. He said no one but God could judge him and added: “I don’t care what sentence you give me.”
Pierce County Superior Court jurors convicted Higashi earlier this week of murder, burglary, robbery and assault.
Detective John Jiminez, the case’s lead investigator, described Higashi as “pure evil.”
“He’s earned every second of every day he will spend in prison,” the News Tribune quoted Jiminez as saying.
Prosecutors argued Higashi was one of the main players in the April 28, 2010, home-invasion robbery of Jim Sanders and his family.
Higashi and three co-defendants targeted the family after Sanders advertised a diamond ring for sale on Craigslist.
Sanders was shot after he broke free of restraints and began to fight the robbers.
The other three are awaiting trial.