Scott Dyleski bowed his head and closed his eyes as Contra Costa County jurors convicted him of first-degree murder on Monday for the slaying of his neighbor Pamela Vitale, 52.
Prosecutors said Dyleski killed the wife of television legal commentator Daniel Horowitz in connection with a credit card fraud scheme he was running with a friend to finance a pot-growing operation.
Dyleski, 16 at the time of the murder, was charged as an adult but is ineligible for the death penalty because of his age.
Sentencing is set for Sept. 26.
Prior to the jury’s announcement, Pamela Vitale’s son and daughter told NBC11 they both applauded the efforts of prosecutor Harold Jewett. Mario Vitale said he felt like cheering at the end of Jewett’s closing argument.
After the verdict was read, Pamela’s Vitale’s sister, Tamara Hill, thanked Jewett for his commitment to this case.
“Pamela will always live in our hearts as we now try to live a life without her,” Hill said.
Hill held one of Pamela Vitale’s belts in her lap during the trial as a form of comfort. She said it helped her feel like Pamela Vitale was with her during the trial.