SALT LAKE CITY — Jose Adrian Rodriguez-Ramirez was ordered to prison Monday for fatally shooting the husband of a woman he told police he loved.
He told the family of Jose Juan Rubio-Navaro that he was sorry for what he had done. "I want to express that I'm very remorseful … I'm saying this very sincerely," he said before 3rd District Judge Robert Faust sentenced him to 15 years to life in prison for one count of murder, a first-degree felony.
Rubio-Navaro, 32, was sitting at the edge of his driveway at 545 N. New Star Drive (1785 West), waiting for a ride to work when a car with two people inside drove by and fired multiple shots. Rubio-Navaro died from two gunshots to the chest.
"On June 24, 2010, the defendant and his accomplice, having planned this, drove up to the home of Juan Rubio-Navaro and shot him in cold blood as he was eating his breakfast," prosecutor Michaela Andruzzi told the judge when asking for prison time.
She also requested that Rodriguez-Ramirez be given no credit for the time he has served — a request the judge granted. The man will also pay restitution in an amount to be determined.
Rodriguez-Ramirez and his roommate, Jose Alan Gallegos-Mendoza, 25, were each charged with murder, a first-degree felony, and obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony, for the June 24 shooting. Rodriguez-Ramirez was also charged with possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony.
Rodriguez-Ramirez, sitting in the passenger seat, is accused of firing the fatal shots while Gallegos-Mendoza drove, according to prosecutors.
It was initially believed that Rubio-Navaro's wife, Maria Marta Campusano, was having an affair with Rodriguez-Ramirez. She was charged with obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony, in her husban's death, but was acquitted on the charge last week and her attorney adamantly denied there was ever an affair.
But the victim's family didn't seem entirely convinced Rubio-Navarro's wife was entirely innocent and pleaded with Rodriguez-Ramirez for answers.
"We want justice, we want the truth," Rubio-Navaro's brother, Juan Raul, said through an interpreter. "Marta had a lot to do with this operation. We want to know the truth."
Juan Jose Rubio-Navaro's sister-in-law, Beverly, told Rodriguez-Ramirez that Campusano will be "in Mexico, living her life" with her husband's life insurance money before imploring that he tell them what really happened.
"If she hid something, please talk. Please."
Saying their mother was inconsolable, Juan Raul Rubio-Navaro told Rodriguez-Ramirez that he doesn't hold anything against him. His family just needs closure.
"To be able to be at peace, at least we're going to be able to find out what is the truth," he said. "My whole family. That's all we want."
Rodriguez-Ramirez did not say anything else in response. His attorney, Patrick Tan, said he is simply a "man of few words" and repeatedly expressed his belief that his client is remorseful and has taken responsibility for what he's done.
Rodriguez-Ramirez told police he wanted to marry Campusano. He was under the impression that Jose Juan Rubio-Navaro was abusive to his wife.
In court, Beverly Rubio-Navarro spoke highly of her brother-in-law, who was a father of two.1 comment on this story
"He was a wonderful person," she said. "I want everybody to know he wasn't a bad person and I don't know why he was taken from us."
It is not believed that the shooting was gang-related as Tan said his client told him he has no gang affiliation.
Gallegos-Mendoza, believed to have been in the driver's seat, will have a status conference in his case in August.