After only 2 1/2 hours of deliberation, jurors in the Dystiny Myers murder trial returned guilty verdicts on both defendants before an emotional audience.
Frank Jacob York, 21, and his mother, Rhonda Maye Wisto, 49, both of Nipomo, were both convicted of charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, as well as criminal enhancements of murder involving torture and committing the crime during a kidnapping.
Prior to the jury entering the courtroom, as if confident the jury would convict based on the short duration of deliberations, tearful members of Myers’ family hugged deputy district attorneys Tim Covello and Cheryl Wolcott.
While the verdicts were read, York stood emotionless while Wisto quietly wiped away tears.
Following the verdict, the jury foreman sat on a bench away from the crowd with his head in his hands. He declined immediate comment on jury deliberations.
York and Wisto are scheduled for sentencing May 8 in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.