Donald Ortez-Lucero and Christopher Strong were sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole by a Sacramento Superior Court judge today.
The two men were found guilty on March 18th of a crime that shocked Sacramento -- the shooting deaths of a young father and his infant son.
A Sacramento Superior Court jury convicted the two men of first-degree murder in the 2007 shooting of Sean Aquitania, 21; and his 7-month-old son, Sean Aquitania Jr.
According to testimony at trial, Ortez-Lucero and Strong were about to rob a house on Country Greens Court in Sacramento when Aquitania drove up to visit a friend with the baby strapped into a carseat in the back seat.
When Ortez-Lucero pistol-whipped Aquitania in front of the house, his handgun discharged and the bullet struck the infant in the head.
This is new evidence that came out at trial. It was widely believed and reported by law enforcement at the time that the infant was deliberately shot in the head execution style -- outraging the community.
The shooting scenario was even re-enacted on "America's Most Wanted."
The case remained unsolved for four years until the defendants' friend came forward with information.
Three men were originally suspected in the crime, but the district attorney later dropped charges against Richard Noguera.