UPDATE: Jury finds Rockefeller impostor guilty of murder of San Marino man

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Defendant Christian Gerhartsreiter (right) from Germany sits during jury selection for his murder trial at Los Angeles Superior Court on March 15, 2013, in Los Angeles. Gerhartsreiter, the alleged Rockefeller impostor, is accused of killing his landllord, John Sohus, in February 1985.

UPDATE 12:39 p.m.: Sentencing for the notorious Rockefeller impostor Christian Gerhartsreiter — who was convicted of first-degree murder on Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court — is scheduled for June 28.

Gerhartsreiter faces a sentence of 25 years to life, plus two additional years because the jury also found that he personally used a blunt object and a sharp instrument as weapons. It was not a death penalty case..

Gerhartsreiter did not show any reaction when the court clerk read the jury's verdict on charges he killed San Marino resident John Sohus, who disappeared 28 years ago.

Much of the prosecution's evidence in the heavily circumstantial cold case focused on the strange behavior of Gerhartsreiter, who kept up an elaborate false identity for 20 years as the fabled oil fortune heir, Clark Rockefeller.

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"I don't know if you can really have closure with something like this," the victim's step sister, Ellen Sohus, told reporters after the verdict was read in court. "What I have now are a lot of answers that I never believed I was ever going to have."

What answers? “Such as what happened to John,who’s responsible and what the defendant had continued to do after he disappeared from San Marino,” she added.

Sohus says she was surprised the jury only took about a day to deliberate.  She smiled as she described her brother as “the original nerd.”

Juror Salvador Ruiz of Norwalk told KPCC that there’s a reason the decision didn’t take long. “The prosecutor did a great job of laying out all the evidence, the timelines, and he did a good job on his closing arguments refreshing our memories,” he said.

Authorities said Gerhartsreiter was a German immigrant who lived another life long ago, occupying a guest cottage at the home of Sohus' mother in the ritzy suburb of San Marino. He was known then as Chris Chichester and intimated he was of royal lineage. He joined the church, befriended residents and told some he was a film student.

A friend said Linda Sohus once described the tenant in the cottage owned by John's mother as "creepy" and said she and her husband never spoke to him.

UPDATE 11:19 a.m.: A jury has convicted Christian Gerhartsreiter of first-degree murder in the decades-old killing of a San Marino man.

The jury deliberated for less than one day before convicting Gerhartsreiter of the murder of John Sohus, who disappeared in 1985.

Gerhartsreiter is a German immigrant who has used many false identities, including an elaborate charade as a member of the fabled Rockefeller oil family.

During closing arguments, Deputy District Attorney Habib Balian called Gerhartsreiter a master manipulator who "always had a lie in his back pocket to explain things," but slipped up and left clues that he was a killer.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Denner described his client as a white-collar criminal, but said no trace evidence connected him to the murder of John Sohus. The defense also offered an alternative theory that Sohus was killed by his own wife, who has never been found since the couple vanished in 1985.

In his rebuttal argument, Balian said that Gerhartsreiter had gotten away with murder for many years and it was time to hold him accountable by finding him guilty.

Gerhartsreiter has previously been convicted of kidnapping his own daughter on the East Coast, where he masqueraded as a member of the Rockefeller family.

PREVIOUSLY: A jury has reached a verdict in the case of a Rockefeller impostor accused of the decades-old killing of a San Marino man.

The verdict in the case against Christian Gerhartsreiter is to be read in a Los Angeles courtroom late Wednesday morning. The jury got the case Tuesday.

Christian Gerhartsreiter is charged with the murder of John Sohus, who disappeared in 1985.

Gerhartsreiter is a German immigrant who has used many false identities, including an elaborate charade as a member of the fabled Rockefeller oil family.

We'll be updating this story as we get more information, so please check back!

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