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Jail tale reopens cold case

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webmaster | 01/18/14

The jailhouse confessions of a murderer led to a breakthrough in a case that authorities have been on for almost 13 years. Sheriff John Anderson announced on Friday a major break in the investigation of the 2001 shooting death of Gary Flynn, co-owner of the Sportsmen’s Den in Oakhurst, which could finally lead to murder charges.

Flynn, a Coarsegold resident, was in his shop on the afternoon of April 25, 2001, when he was killed by a single gunshot to the head. He was 61 years old.

Flynn’s murder shocked the small mountain town, where residents raised $14,000 to offer as a reward for anyone who helped solve the crime. But, despite thousands of hours spent on the investigation, the details of the killing remained a mystery until the spring of 2008, when Fresno County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Kenneth James Wilson, 35.

At the time, Wilson was wanted for the execution-style killing of 34-year-old Julian Barajas in Fresno County. Seven years after Flynn’s death, the Fresno resident — who also went by the name of Kenneth Miranda — admitted while behind bars to having been at the scene of the crime where Flynn’s life was brutally taken...


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