Yakima man found guilty of trying to have ex-girlfriend killed

Yakima man found guilty of trying to have ex-girlfriend killed

A Yakima man who tried to have his ex-girlfriend murdered while in jail was found guilty Wednesday in Yakima County District Court.

Police had been tracking Gerardo Loreto, a known La Raza Norteño gang member, since March 2016 when a jail investigator heard a phone call in which he said he wanted to kill his ex-girlfriend.

He was initially charged for use of mail in commission of murder-for-hire and transferred to Yakima County jail. Loreto continued to make phone calls in regards to having her killed. Over the phone, Loreto agreed to pay a cooperating witness at least a pound of methamphetamine once the murder was committed, police said.

He was charged with conspiracy and attempt to possess meth with intent to distribute along with multiple counts of using mail and phone privileges in the commission of murder-for-hire.

His trial started on Monday and he was convicted two days later.

Loreto is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 9.