Monday, 31 October 2011

Teen found guilty of aggravated murder in stabbing, beating

By Patrick Preston KATU News and Staff

HILLSBORO, Ore, - A Washington County teenager charged as an adult with aggravated murder was found guilty Wednesday.

Juan Carlos Negrete-Vasquez was just 13 years old in 2009 when he and his girlfriend's brother beat and stabbed Eduardo Andrade-Alcantar.

Negrete-Vasquez had confessed his role in the killing and the question now is how much time he will serve. He's 15 now and has plenty of time left to live, so a life sentence in prison would be a much greater punishment on him than on someone who is older. But the judge will consider the facts of the case.

Negrete-Vasquez repeatedly hit Andrade-Alcantar with a tire iron. Prosecutors counted a total of eight tire iron wounds. Then he joined his girlfriend's brother, Alejandro Aguilar-Mandujano in stabbing the victim a total of 25 times. It happened at Steamboat Park in Cornelius and it was there that both men kicked the victim’s body down the bank of the Tualatin River and into the water.

Aguilar-Mandujano confessed to his role in the killing as part of a plea agreement in March that resulted in a life sentence in prison.

Negrete-Vasquez "was part of the ruse that got the victim to go down to the park to be murdered – the ruse of going to get money from a third party," said Washington County Circuit Court Judge Steve Price. "And further, Mr. Negrete-Vasquez did knock out the victim so that the co-defendant could kill him. This does make Mr. Negrete-Vasquez guilty of committing a murder."

The judge also found Negrete-Vasquez guilty on two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

Sentencing in the case has been scheduled for Dec. 8. In Oregon, a person under 18 years of age cannot be sentenced to the death penalty.

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