Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Interesting news and borderline "The Wire" type drama
A member of the Latin Kings gang who killed his lover was convicted Friday of first-degree murder, according to the Eagle-Tribune newspaper in North Andover, Mass.
After seven hours of deliberation, the jury found Christian "King Joker" Almonte, 26, guilty of murder last week for killing Willie Escobar, 41, out of jealousy -- Escobar was reportedly seeing other men -- and to cover up their relationship.
Escobar and Almonte had a secret relationship for several years, though it was on hold while Almonte served four years in prison.
Almonte stabbed his boyfriend 20 times in the victim's apartment with a kitchen knife in February 2008. Escobar had stab wounds to his heart, stomach, chest, and back, according to the North Andover Citizen.
Almonte will serve a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole. Because Almonte stole Escobar's Toyota Camry and then gave it to a friend after the murder took place, he faces an additional 12- to 15-year sentence for motor-vehicle theft, to run concurrently with his life sentence. He also faces charges of armed robbery, armed carjacking, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and armed assault to rob, after allegedly taking part in a violent carjacking the day before Escobar was murdered.
Wow...That's all I can say.