A federal jury in Los Angeles this afternoon determined that two men will receive the death penalty for kidnaping and killing five people who were kidnapped in Southern California, suffocated and dumped into a Northern California reservoir.
Iouri Mikhel, 41, of Encino, and Jurijus Kadamovas, 40, of Encino, received the verdicts from a jury that had an option of the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole. Today’s decision represents the first federal death penalty sentence since 1950.
The death penalty verdict is binding on United States District Judge Dickran Tevrizian, who is scheduled to formally sentence the two men on March 12.
Technically, the trial is not over as Mikhel and Kadamovas still face a forfeiture count, which will be considered by the same jury next Wednesday. Therefore, we will are not able to comment beyond stating that the jury has reached the death verdict.