MARTINEZ (AP) — A 24-year-old janitor who moonlighted as a prostitute has been convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying of a client that was motivated by the older man’s sterling silver and solid gold flutes.

A Contra Costa County jury deliberated for about two days before finding Alejandro Hernandez Rivera, of Vallejo, guilty for the December 2008 strangling death of 66-year-old Theodore Neff of Bay Point.

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Prosecutors allege that Rivera advertised his sexual services for $140 an hour on Craigslist and counted Neff as a regular client before he strangled him, set fire to his town house and made off with the valuable flutes later found in Rivera’s car.

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During his trial, Rivera admitted strangling Neff but claimed he lost control after Neff told him he may have been exposed to the HIV virus.

Rivera faces a maximum prison sentence of 28 years to life.

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