Mario Montoya, 24, pleaded guilty, Friday, to the charge of murder in the second degree for the shooting death of Jericole Coleman, 21, that occurred on Aug. 20, 2011. Montoya also pleaded guilty to the charges of tampering with evidence and felon in possession of a firearm.
Assistant District Attorney John Phinizy said the DA made a recommendation for the maximum sentence for each one of the charges, with a one-year enhancement as a habitual offender and an additional one-year firearms enhancement on the murder charge, for a total of 23.5 years.
Upon questioning, Montoya admitted to the court that he had a previous felony conviction for shooting at an occupied dwelling in April 2008.
Coleman acted as a witness for the State in the latter case. Montoya pleaded no contest to the charges then and was sentenced to 1.5 years on Login to read more