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Judge sentences brothers in slaying of teacher

Reported by: Krystal Allan
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Updated: 12/11/2012 4:26 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- After four years, sentencing day finally came for two brothers who pleaded guilty to robbing and killing a Henderson teacher. Jose Delatorre, 22, will spend a maximum of life in prison.  Juan Aguirre, 21, is facing a maximum of 35 years behind bars.

News 3's Krystal Allan was in the courtroom when the sentences were read.

Emotions ran high in a packed courtroom, the majority of those present were family, friends and former students of Matthew Cox.

Judge Valerie Vega handed down their sentences Tuesday morning.

Jose Delatorre was convicted on three counts but he ultimately received a life sentence and won't be eligible for parole for 18 years.

Juan Aguirre received a sentence that amounts to 35 years in prison and may be eligible for parole at some point.

The two also received credit for time served for everyone involved, they say it's been a long four years.

Making their case, the state said what Aguirre and Delatorre did was completely unnecessary.

The brothers knew Cox was going out of town and could have taken his stuff without killing him.

The state went on to say the irony in this is the one man the brothers killed is the one person who tried to help them.

In their defense, the brothers’ public defenders talked about Delatorre remorse for this act from the very beginning and accepting responsibility for what happened.



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