Army me­chanic con­victed of killing 3 in Fuller­ton

Imperial Valley Press - - LOCAL&REGION -

An Army me­chanic who killed three peo­ple at a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia home has been con­victed of mur­der.

Twenty-three-year-old Joshua Acosta was con­victed Thurs­day. He faces life in prison with­out chance of pa­role.

Acosta con­fessed that he went to a Fuller­ton home in 2016 where he used a shot­gun to kill 34-year-old Christo­pher Yost; his wife, 39-year-old Jen­nifer Yost, and their friend, 28-year-old Arthur Boucher.

The cou­ple’s young daugh­ters dis­cov­ered the bod­ies. Acosta was later taken into cus­tody at Fort Ir­win.

Acosta told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he was try­ing to pro­tect Christo­pher Yost’s 17-year-old step­daugh­ter, who tes­ti­fied at his trial that Yost had mo­lested her.

The de­fense ar­gued that the teen had lied to au­thor­i­ties about be­ing mo­lested and had in­sti­gated the killings. She tes­ti­fied un­der im­mu­nity.

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