Gila River teen sentenced to 30 years in prison
Web Producer: Adriana Desiderio
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A Gila River teen has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Seventeen year old Johnny Lopez of Laveen, Ariz. had previously pleaded guilty, in two separate cases, to robbery and use of a firearm during a crime of violence, and to second degree murder.
Lopez said in his plea agreement in the robbery case that on Feb. 20, 2010, he held a man at gunpoint while he and his accomplices stole the man's vehicle.
During the robbery, one of Lopez's accomplices told the victim to walk into the desert or Lopez would shoot him. The victim complied and Lopez drove away from the scene without harming the victim.
Judge Roslyn O. Silver sentenced Lopez to 70 months imprisonment on the robbery charge. He also received 120 months in prison due to the use of a firearm during a crime of violence charge. Lopez was also sentenced to five years of supervised release, after his release from prison, and ordered to pay $2,200 in restitution.
Lopez said in his plea agreement in the muder case that on Jully 22, 2010, he entered a home carrying a rifle that neighbors his mother's house. After briefly speaking with the two occupants of the home, Lopez opened fire and shot the two men, a father and his son, several times. Both victims died due to their injuries.
Later that night, Lopez told his friend to bury the rifle. Judge Silver sentenced Lopez to concurrent terms of 240 months in prison and five years of supervised release on the two murder counts. He was ordered to pay $20,359.88 in restitution.