POMONA — One of two brothers convicted of the execution-style killings of a Baldwin Park couple has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison, setting the stage for the sentencing this week of the older brother, who the prosecution says instigated the murders.
Lorenzo Carlos, 35, of Highland Park, was sentenced last week by Pomona Superior Court Judge Sam Cianchetti. He pleaded guilty last fall to killing Abel Castaneda, 32, and his wife, Mireya, 29.
Francisco Carlos, 45, is scheduled for sentencing Thursday in Pomona Superior Court, where the Rosemead resident probably will face a sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole, Deputy Dist. Atty. David Milton said. A jury in January convicted Francisco Carlos of multiple murders during a robbery, which means that "special circumstance" provisions of state law probably will be applied to the case, Milton said.
Deputy Public Defender Henry Bastien, however, has asked the judge to strike the special circumstances and impose on Francisco, in the interest of fairness, the same sentence given his brother, or to grant a new trial. If a new trial were granted, Bastien said, his client might plead guilty--in effect waiving his right to appeal his conviction--in return for a 30-years-to-life sentence.