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Man convicted of killing boss and co-worker at Vernon lumberyard

July 20, 2011 | 11:34 am


This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

A 53-year-old Santa Fe Springs man will be sentenced next month for killing his boss and a co-worker at a Vernon lumberyard after a jury convicted him of two counts of first-degree murder.

Saul Gastelum Moreno was found guilty Tuesday of shooting Charles Alan Bohnhoff, 55, of Bohnhoff Lumber Co., and the yard’s foreman Jaime Sanchez, 31, last May.

Moreno pulled out a gun moments after refusing to fill a lumber order, witnesses told The Times last year.

He shot Bohnhoff in the company’s office first. Bohnhoff's father, Charlie, cradled him before running to the shed, where he found the mortally wounded Sanchez.

Co-workers had described Moreno as a skilled certified lumber grader who could be distant and temperamental and prone to leaving work for weeks.

But his wife told The Times that he loved the elder Bohnhoff “like a father” and had even asked her during a jail visit to bring him the Bible that Charlie Bohnhoff had given to him.

Moreno is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 16 and faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

For the record, 2:19 p.m., July 20: A previous version of this post identified the victim as Alan Bohnhoff. His full name was Charles Alan Bohnhoff.


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Photo: A photo of Alan Bohnhoff posted in the Bohnhoff Lumber Co. office in 2009. Credit: Christina House / For The Times

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