Jesus Fabian Perales, 23, of Outlook was found guilty yesterday, Wednesday, on charges of first-degree murder.
The jury decision in Yakima County Superior Court provided a verdict nearly a year-and-a-half after Perales was charged with killing 14-year-old Francisca Ramirez-Hernandez of Sunnyside on the night of Oct. 20, 2008.
Ramirez-Hernandez's body was discovered in the Yakima River near Prosser a little over three months after her murder.
An autopsy revealed the cause of death to be a cut from a knife to the throat, which severed both carotid arteries, resulting in her bleeding to death. She was identified through dental records.
At one point Perales had reportedly fled the state but was taken into custody in early 2009 when the Violent Crimes Task Force received information he had returned to Outlook.
Perales now awaits sentencing instructions following yesterday's verdict.