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In this May 23, 2011 file photo, Benito Gomez leaves the Walla Walla County Superior Courtroom after his first appearance in court for the killing of Julio Cesar Martinez.

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Appeals court orders new trial in Walla Walla murder case

The state appeals court said locking the door during the trial denied Benito Gomez a public trial.

WALLA WALLA — The state Court of Appeals has granted a new trial for a man serving life in prison for murdering a rival gang member and shooting at other people in a 2011 confrontation in an alley in the west end of Walla Walla.

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Killer receives maximum term

Benito Gomez, 19, will serve the rest of his life in prison for the murder of Julio Cesar Martinez last year.

After proclaiming his innocence, Benito Gomez looked down, blinked and shook his head slightly as he was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to spend the rest of his life in prison. The result was a foregone conclusion after a Superior Court jury convicted him last month of murdering a rival gang member and shooting at other people in a confrontation last year in an alley in the west end of town.

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Benito Gomez sentenced to 114 years in prison

Benito Gomez looked down, blinked and shook his head slightly as he was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to spend the rest of his life in prison. The result was a foregone conclusion after a Superior Court jury convicted him last month of murdering a rival gang member and shooting at other people in a confrontation last year in an alley in the west end of town.

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Benito Gomez convicted of murder, assault

A jury convicted the 19-year-old of second-degree murder and six counts of first-degree assault.

WALLA WALLA — A Superior Court jury has convicted a local man of murdering a rival gang member and shooting at other people in a confrontation last year in an alley in the west end of town. As a result, Benito Gomez will be ordered to serve the rest of his life in prison when he’s sentenced later by Judge Donald W. Schacht. Gomez stood stoically as the guilty verdicts were read at noon Tuesday in a courtroom at the County Courthouse. Several of his family members in attendance sobbed.

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