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Oregon man convicted of Arizona murder of mine claim partner

The Yavapai Superior Court building in Prescott
Yavapai County
The Yavapai Superior Court building in Prescott

Arizona jurors have convicted an Oregon man of second-degree murder and other charges stemming from the disappearance of a mining claim partner whose body was found buried in the desert a decade later.

A Yavapai County Superior Court jury in Prescott on Thursday convicted 59-year-old Anthony James Richards of Terrbonne, of second-degree murder in the killing of Larry Powers.

The County Attorney’s Office said Richards also was convicted of trafficking in stolen property, theft of a credit card, forgery, and 19 counts of taking the identity of another.

Richards faces at least 16 years in prison when he is sentenced May 16.