Two brothers face 13 and 20 years in road-rage killing

Herald staff

SEATTLE — Two brothers have been convicted of second-degree murder in a fatal stabbing that followed a traffic dispute.

Edgar and Sergio Anaya, 18 and 21, face 13 to 20 years in prison under state guidelines when they are sentenced Jan. 12 for the death of Antonio Moreno, 36, of White Center.

The Anayas, who claimed they acted in self-defense, were convicted Monday by a King County Superior Court jury after slightly more than a day of deliberations.

After the verdict, Blanca Moreno, the dead man’s widow, and her five daughters waited in a hall to shake the hands of the jurors.

Testimony showed the death followed a quinceanera, a traditional Hispanic party for a 15-year-old girl, that was attended by the Anayas and Morenos on Aug. 21, 1999, although the two families did not know each other.

The Anaya brothers, driving impatiently behind the Morenos, tried to pass and hit the door of their car, then sped away but stalled a few blocks away after hitting a stop sign.

Three of the daughters and Blanca Moreno testified that the two brothers beat and then stabbed Antonio Moreno seven times.

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