Galindo Guilty

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Norfolk bank slayings suspect Jorge Galindo is now a convicted murderer.

After deliberating for about two hours, a jury Wednesday night found Galindo guilty of five counts of first-degree murder in last year's slayings at a U.S. Bank branch in Norfolk.

Galindo is also found guilty of five counts of using a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

The same jury will begin deliberating Thursday on whether the case against Galindo merits the death penalty. If the jury decides factors do exist to merit death, a three judge panel will hand down a sentence.

Galindo faces life in prison or death in the electric chair.

In a separate case consolidated with last year's killings, Galindo also was convicted of burglary, robbery and use of a deadly weapon in the stealing of a vehicle from a house after the bank killings.

Madison County Attorney Joe Smith says it is good to have the three people accused of killing four bank employees and a customer tied down to at least life in prison.

Jose Sandoval was convicted of five counts of first-degree murder and Erick Vela pleaded guilty to the same counts. Both men await sentencing.

A fourth suspect, Gabriel Rodriguez, also faces five counts of first-degree murder. Rodriguez is accused of acting as a lookout for the others.

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