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Jury finds Khoshnaw guilty of murder in 2011 Forest Grove shooting

A jury of six men and six women has found 21-year-old Niaz Khoshnaw guilty in the shooting death of rival gang member Luis Manuel Guzman in Forest Grove three years ago.

The unanimous verdict in Washington County Circuit Judge Suzanne Upton’s courtroom came in early Friday after jurors deliberated for six hours beginning Thursday afternoon.

Khoshnaw, who has been in custody since March 2012, was found guilty of murdering Guzman outside his apartment on B Street on Nov. 11, 2014. The jury also found him guilty of tampering with a witness by threatening to kill Andrew Rodriguez Hernandez, a younger gang member who eventually came forward to police and told his story about what happened that night.

Guzman, who was 28 when he died, was a member of the Sureño gang, while Khoshnaw was affiliated with the Norteño gang. Khoshnaw claims he shot Guzman in self-defense after he showed up at Guzman’s residence to collect drug money.

Both of Khoshnaw’s attorneys, Edie Rogoway and Marie Scheffers, were in tears after Upton read the verdict around 1:25 p.m.

Khoshnaw was then led away in shackles.

Sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in circuit court in Hillsboro.

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