Yakima man gets 40 years for killing 2 teens

YAKIMA — A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for fatally shooting two teenagers at a Naches River swimming hole last year.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reported that Lameiro Flores initially claimed self-defense in shooting at three teenagers. However, last week he pleaded guilty to two charges of first-degree murder. He was sentenced Monday.

Killed were 17-year-old Jose Avilez and 18-year-old Jobany Martinez. Flores said they had assaulted him in the past and he feared another attack. Police say the two were shot in the head at close range.

A third teen escaped injury.

Prosecutors said Flores was never in imminent danger and suggested he went to the river with murder in mind.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com

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