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Brothers convicted of Glendale man's killing in plan to collect insurance money

Two brothers were convicted in June in the killing of a Glendale man in a scheme to collect on his $2.5-million insurance policy, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. 

On June 24, a jury found Hovanes “John” Maskovian, 37, guilty of first-degree murder and attempted kidnapping of his ex-boyfriend, Joshua Vaughn West. Jurors also found true the special circumstances of lying in wait, murder for financial gain, and murder during an attempted kidnapping. 

A separate jury on June 23 found Hovanes Maskovian's younger brother, Hachik “Kriss” Maskovian, 31, guilty of the same charges. 

On April 24, 2013, West was lured to a Sun Valley location where he was beaten, run over by a car, and shot by the two men, prosecutors said. West’s body was dumped in the 10200 block of Penrose Street. 

About 10:30 p.m. that day, LAPD Foothill Division officers found West, where he was pronounced dead, according to coroner’s records. The two brothers were arrested April 27. 

Hovanes Maskovian is scheduled to return to court Aug. 25 for a sentencing hearing. His brother, Hachik Maskovian, is expected to be sentenced the following day. Each brother is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

A third man, Nazaret “Nick” Bayamdzhyan, 22, is awaiting trial in the case.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @jeromercampbell and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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