OR teens get life sentences in stabbing death
Monday, August 22, 2011
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Two Salem, Ore., teens who fatally stabbed a 68-year-old man and wounded another man in random attacks have been given life prison sentences.
Marion County Circuit Judge Joseph Guimond sentenced 19-year-old Andy Huerta and 16-year-old Martin Covarrubias-Rivera on Monday. Both pleaded guilty last month to charges including murder and attempted murder.
Police say the two teens robbed a convenience store for beer on Aug. 29, 2010. They then fatally stabbed Austreberto Morales and wounded Robert Marsh, who survived.
The Statesman Journal reports that prosecutors said the teens had been conditioned to violence through gang ties. Defense lawyers said the murder was also the result of a night of drinking and smoking marijuana.
Both teens apologized to Morales' family at their sentencing.
The newspaper says Morales was a father of five who spent his life working at a mushroom plant after moving from Mexico about 45 years ago.