Apr 9, 2014 2:18 AM by Sean Mooney
TUCSON - After less than three days of deliberations the verdict was handed down in the Pamela Phillips murder trial on Tuesday. Phillips was found guilty of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Phillips' ex-husband, Gary Triano was killed in a car bombing on November 1, 1996, at La Paloma Country Club.
Prosecutors called her a gold digger and alleged she hired former boyfriend, Ronald Young, to kill Triano so she could collect his life insurance payout worth $2 million.
The defense countered by saying someone else was behind the crime.
While it may have taken 18 years for Pamela Phillips' conviction, the man convicted of carrying out the murder made an ominous prediction years ago.
Pamela Phillips reportedly agreed to pay Ronald Young $400,000 to plant a bomb in Triano's car.
The relationship between Phillips and Young began as a romantic union. After the murder, it was a partnership soaked in blood money. They both feared the other would talk. Young even recorded their conversations. In one conversation, desperate for money, Young made a haunting prediction.
Young: "You have my principle. I want a little bit of it so I can proceed. You sent part of it but it's not enough for me to get to Mexico. I have to get there to get the surgery."
Phillips: "I'm going to hang up. I'll be back at four."
Young: "You know you are going to be really sad."
Phillips: "I'm going to be back at four."
Young: "No. you are going to be in prison for murder."
It may have taken nearly two decades for the prophecy to happen but retired detective, Jim Gamber, who worked on the case from the beginning says the end result was worth the wait, "I worked the case, I trusted the people I work(ed) with, but it was a good feeling to bring this family some justice."
Defense Attorney, Paul Eckerstrom, says he believes justice has not been served and that his client, Pamela Phillips and Ronald Young are innocent, "Unfortunately the jury didn't see it our way. I hope the Court of Appeals and the appellate process to make sure that innocent people get another trial."
Ronald Young is serving two life sentences and is not eligible for parole. Pamela Phillips will be sentenced on May 22.
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