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Man guilty of conspiracy in deaths of 3 children

Tuesday - 3/26/2013, 3:10pm  ET

BALTIMORE (AP) -- A Baltimore jury has convicted a man of three counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the in the near-beheadings of three young relatives.

Thirty-one-year-old Policarpio Espinoza Perez was acquitted of second-degree murder on Tuesday, and a judge declared a mistrial on a first-degree murder charge.

The maximum sentence on each of the conspiracy charges is life in prison.

Espinoza was convicted in the 2004 slayings of Ricardo Espinoza, his sister, Lucero, and their cousin Alexis Quazada, at a Baltimore apartment. The children, between the ages of 8 and 10, were beaten with a bat and almost decapitated with a long knife.

This was Espinoza's third trial. His first trial ended in a hung jury. He was convicted at a second trial, but that verdict was thrown out.

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