Man convicted in revenge killing of teens the night before their high school graduation

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Jose Canales-Yanez could spend life in prison without parole after being convicted in the murder of two Maryland teens. (KTRK)

A man allegedly seeking revenge over a robbery has been found guilty in the killing of two teens the night before their high school graduation.

Jose Canales-Yanez will soon learn his fate after being convicted in the murders of 17-year-old Shadi Adi Najjar and 18-year-old Arten Ziberov.

The teens were found shot to death in a blue Honda Civic last June, just hours before they were going to walk across the stage and accept their diplomas, WTOP-TV reports.

Investigators said Najjar was shot four times, while Ziberov was shot 10 times.

Police say Najjar was believed to have robbed Canales-Yanez's then-girlfriend in December 2016. The woman told investigators someone grabbed her iPad and dragged her about 50 feet with the car, according to a police report.

An informant later told police Najjar died in a revenge killing for that robbery, where prosecutors alleged Najjar also stole some drugs.

Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence without parole for Canales-Yanez.

Three other men, identified as Roger Garcia, Edgar Garcia-Gaona, and Rony Galicia, have been charged and are awaiting trial.

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