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Arenas given five years for role in murder
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The man convicted in the fatal shooting of another man at Cotten Apartments has been given five years in jail.
The defendant, Gregorio R. Arenas, 29, was issued the five-year sentence Wednesday by Judge Bart Stanley. Arenas was convicted on charges of reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, and coercion of witnesses. His time comes as a result of the shooting death of Albertano Guerro Trejo.
Since the crimes do not require 100 percent service, Arenas will be eligible for parole before the five-year term is served. However, the immigration department has a hold on Arenas, meaning he will be going nowhere once he is released from prison.
Immigration has charges pending against him for illegally entering the country. He could face federal prison and deportation once in the hands of immigration officials.
Arenas was originally tried on the charge of first-degree murder as prosecutors believed he was the man who pulled the trigger, gunning down Trejo in front of his home at Cotten Apartments. Proof in the case suggested the confrontation was over a $20 prostitute.
One witness testified he saw Arenas shoot Trejo. However, the defense pointed out the witness originally denied seeing anything when police first arrived.
Prosecutors said Arenas threatened witnesses with a gun after shooting the victim, his actions prompting witnesses to deny seeing anything when they were first questioned.
It was the threat to harm the witnesses that Arenas was convicted of committing. He was acquitted on all the charges concerning the murder. Arenas maintained the friend who was with him that night, known only as El Pollo (The Chicken) was the one who shot Trejo. El Pollo was never found for questioning.
Arenas has been in jail since shortly after the shooting in the summer of 2012.The man convicted in the fatal shooting of another man at Cotten Apartments has been given five years in jail.
The defendant, Gregorio R. Arenas, 29, was issued the five-year sentence Wednesday by Judge Bart Stanley. Arenas was convicted on charges of reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, and coercion of witnesses. His time comes as a result of the shooting death of Albertano Guerro Trejo.
Since the crimes do not require 100 percent service, Arenas will be eligible for parole before the five-year term is served. However, the immigration department has a hold on Arenas, meaning he will be going nowhere once he is released from prison.
Immigration has charges pending against him for illegally entering the country. He could face federal prison and deportation once in the hands of immigration officials.
Arenas was originally tried on the charge of first-degree murder as prosecutors believed he was the man who pulled the trigger, gunning down Trejo in front of his home at Cotten Apartments. Proof in the case suggested the confrontation was over a $20 prostitute.
One witness testified he saw Arenas shoot Trejo. However, the defense pointed out the witness originally denied seeing anything when police first arrived.
Prosecutors said Arenas threatened witnesses with a gun after shooting the victim, his actions prompting witnesses to deny seeing anything when they were first questioned.
It was the threat to harm the witnesses that Arenas was convicted of committing. He was acquitted on all the charges concerning the murder. Arenas maintained the friend who was with him that night, known only as El Pollo (The Chicken) was the one who shot Trejo. El Pollo was never found for questioning.
Arenas has been in jail since shortly after the shooting in the summer of 2012.