Of all the brutal and shocking crime stories reported this year on The Daily Weekly, there's no doubt that the most heinous involved Justino Sanchez Diaz, the Puerto Rican man who doused his family--two of whom were Seattle residents--with kerosene and set them on fire.
Some amount of justice, it would seem, has now been served in the horrific case.
A Puerto Rico man was found guilty Thursday of setting several of his relatives on fire on New Year's Day, including a Seattle woman engaged to his nephew.
Justino Sanchez Diaz was convicted after both sides presented their final arguments Thursday morning. Judge Marta Rosario from the First Tribunal in Arecibo pronounced the guilty verdict.
The attack took place on New Year's weekend in Puerto Rico, where family members had gathered to celebrate.
Seattle residents Jesus Sanchez and Katie Diaz were killed in the attack, a few weeks after they were engaged.
Before the family gathered for dinner, Sanchez-Diaz soaked the walls of the dining room in gasoline and set cans of gas under the furniture. And when the 13 members of the family sat down to eat, the man came out with a can of kerosene and splashed it all over everyone, then set them on fire with a blowtorch.
Six of the family members died in the attack, and seven were injured.
Two of the dead were recently engaged couple Katie Donahue and Jesus Sanchez, who had traveled to Puerto Rico to share news of their engagement with Sanchez' family. Sanchez was an engineer at Boeing, Donahue a nurse at Group Health Cooperative.
In all Sanchez-Diaz was convicted of six counts of murder and seven counts of attempted murder.