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Jury finds man not guilty of murder in 2013 drug-related killing

File: Ricardo Macias sits in a courtroom on March 24, 2017.

A man accused in the 2013 drug-related killing of Jose Castanon was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter and aggravated robbery on Wednesday.

Ricardo Macias was accused of working with Sonia Bautista and Briana Garay to kill Castanon over Ecstasy pills.

Macias told the jury he’s a changed man and asked for mercy. He became emotional as he talked about his family – his pregnant wife and his other daughter.

Macias said he was planning on going to the Navy when the killing happened.

The defense was trying to convince the jury to give their client probation.

After the verdict, the victim’s mother took the stand, telling the jury what it was like to lose her son.

She said it felt like a part of her died.

Another witness is set to testify before the sentencing phase of the trial begins.

As far as the other two involved in the killing, Bautista was convicted of murder in 2015 and is serving a 48-year sentence.

Garay’s trial is set to begin in July.

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