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3 found guilty in killing of Linn County roommate

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ALBANY, OR (AP) -

Three men have been found guilty of murder in the killing of a roommate during a drunken evening in a rural Linn County apartment last year.

Prosecutors described the victim as a 38-year-old agricultural worker who had been forced to fight during political upheavals in El Salvador in the 1990s and was granted political asylum in the United States.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reports that witnesses estimated 120 beers were consumed the night Jose Felipe Hernandez-Leiva was beaten to death. His body was found three weeks later in a sleeping bag in grass and brush along Interstate 5.

The verdict came Tuesday. Sentencing is Thursday. Facing mandatory life sentences are 25-year-old Edgar Hernandez-Mendoza, 38-year-old Abiu Antonio Padilla and 30-year-old Jose
Juarez-Alvarez.

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