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Luyster Guilty

Posted on 20th November 2017 at 07:58

After about 12 hours of deliberation, a jury in Clark County Superior Court found 37 year-old Brent Ward Luyster of Longview guilty on all counts connected to the shooting deaths of three people at a home in Woodland in July of last year. The jury returned the verdict at about 10 am on Friday, saying that he is guilty of three counts of aggravated first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, and two counts of illegal possession of a firearm. Luyster now faces a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Early on the morning of July 15, 2016, Luyster’s then-girlfriend drove him to a home in Woodland, where he shot and killed Joseph LaMar, 38, Janell Renee Knight, 43, and Zachary David Thompson, 36. He also wounded Brianna Leigh, 32, by shooting her in the face. It’s reported that Luyster smirked in the courtroom, and then flashed a smile to his mother as he was being led out, while family members of the victims were jubilant outside of the courtroom. Sentencing is set for Monday, December 4th; action on Luyster’s attempted escape from the Clark County Jail will also be dealt with at that hearing.