Weapons and immigration charges filed in Nevada murders case

Posted at 4:05 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 18:05:53-05

NEVADA – A 19-year-old from El Salvador is facing 36 charges for weapons possession and pawning property stolen from four people killed within the last two weeks in northern Nevada.

Wilber Martinez-Guzman is not charged with murder at this time, but prosecutors in two counties say they plan to file those charges soon.

Wilber Martinez-Guzman
Wilber Martinez-Guzman

The judge read off the charges this morning which include a felony for being in the U.S. illegally, possession and sale of stolen property, and illegal possession of 12 firearms belonging to a couple killed in Reno.

A pawn shop owner told the Associated Press that Martinez-Guzman didn’t speak English well during the transaction of jewelry, and he used a passport for identification. However, the pawn shop owner said transactions of this type are not uncommon in his line of work.

Martinez-Guzman was arrested on Saturday as sheriff’s investigators developed suspect information based on pawn receipts routinely sent to law enforcement by pawn shop owners.

The victims, 56-year-old Connie Koontz, 74-year-old Sophia Renken, 81-year-old Gerald David, and 80-year-old Sharon David were all found shot dead in their homes between January 9th and 16th.