An Omaha man was convicted Thursday of three counts of first-degree murder and weapon use in the July 2012 deaths of a methamphetamine dealer and his teenage sons.
The jury of five women and seven men deliberated five hours before convicting Timothy “Mont” Britt, 30, in the deaths of Miguel Avalos Sr., 44, and his sons Miguel Avalos Jr., 18, and Jose Avalos, 16.
The retrial was held over the past two weeks after the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that jurors in the first case were improperly allowed to hear incriminating comments made by Britt’s co-defendant, Anthony Davis.
Britt first was convicted in April 2014 and was sentenced to three life terms.
Prosecutors John Alagaban and Cody Miltenberger called a host of witnesses, including lower-level drug dealers and drug users, to testify that Davis and Britt had hatched a plan to rob the elder Avalos in his home near Ninth and Bancroft Streets.
In the process, Britt and Davis shot Avalos and his sons. A third son locked himself, his wife and child behind a closed basement door and survived.
Family members, including Avalos’ brother Gilbert, said they were relieved by the verdict. Gilbert Avalos said his brother was good-hearted; a former girlfriend said he was too good-hearted for the business he was in.
Gilbert said he taught the Avalos boys karate. They were outgoing, energetic kids who did nothing to deserve their fate, he said.
“It’s been a long five years,” Gilbert Avalos said. “We hope it’s now over.”