The Washington Post

Man who fled after killing convicted again

- — Omari Daniels

A 28-year-old man who fled to Ethiopia after the killing of a young couple in Virginia was convicted a second time in connection with the December 2016 deaths, authoritie­s announced Thursday.

Yohannes Nessibu was found guilty of voluntary manslaught­er and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in the shooting of 22-year-old Henok Yohannes. He had previously been convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of 22-yearold Kedest Simeneh.

Family members of the victims had said previously that detectives told them that Nessibu had gone with a group to Yohannes’s home to purchase drugs but that the deal went awry and Nessibu shot him. Nessibu then forced the people to drive to a Burke neighborho­od where Simeneh was found shot, family members have said. After the killings, Nessibu fled to Ethiopia.

He was arrested and extradited in 2019, which an Ethiopian Embassy official said was possible because he was a U.S. citizen.

Sentencing for both conviction­s is set for June 16

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