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Rodriguez found guilty of being accomplice to murder

Michael Rodriguez was found guilty of being an accomplice to the first degree murder in Sunnyside of Rosendio Hernandez on Christmas Eve 2005, this past Monday in Yakima County Superior Court.

According to Bryant Skinner, who works in the prosecuting attorney's office as a victim and witness assistant, testimony was heard from witnesses that said Rodriguez and Francisco Acevedo were in Yakima and decided to come to Sunnyside to look for "scraps," which is a term used for rival gang members.

According to testimony, once in Sunnyside, the two men saw Hernandez walking and called him over to the vehicle they were in. Skinner said that, according to testimony, Rodriguez had earlier obtained a shotgun that was propped in the vehicle and that when Hernandez walked over, Acevedo shot him point blank in the chest.

According to special prosecutor Bob Northcott, Acevedo agreed to testify in return for reduced charges of second degree murder and robbery in the second degree.

In addition to being found guilty for being an accomplice, Rodriguez was found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm and tampering with a witness.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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