- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for his part in a fatal shooting.

A Polk County judge sentenced 24-year-old Alex Baez on Thursday. A jury found him guilty last month of first-degree murder, and prosecutors hadn’t been seeking the death penalty.

Authorities say Baez and 21-year-old Charles Pandolfo lured 21-year-old Jose Manuel Santos to a Davenport orange grove in November 2012 to kill him. Santos’ body was found in a shallow grave five days after his family reported him missing.

Prosecutors say Baez and Pandolfo killed Santos because Santos was in an abusive relationship with Pandolfo’s sister. Officials weren’t sure which man actually shot Santos in the back of the head.

The Ledger (https://goo.gl/HS5uGn) reports that Pandolfo was sentenced to 22 years in prison last month after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.


Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), https://www.theledger.com

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