SALT LAKE CITY — Two 18-year-old men have been sentenced to prison, one of them for murder, for an attempt to steal a PlayStation 4 that left a man dead.
Romeo Alyss Alvarez was sentenced June 2 to at least 15 years and up to life in prison for murder, a first-degree felony, in the death of Sebastian Salgado, 19. Alvarez was orginally charged with aggravated murder, an offense eligible for a death penalty, but pleaded guilty to the reduced charge as part of a plea deal in April.
Alvarez was also sentenced to concurrent sentences of five years to life for aggravated robbery, a first-degree, and zero to five years for aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.
Alvarez's co-defendant in the case, Anthony Glen Taylor, was sentenced last month to at least five years and up to life in prison for aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and a consecutive sentence of two to 15 years for manslaughter, a second-degree felony. His sentence for the manslaughter charge carries an extra year for a weapon enhancement, according to court records.
Salgado was attempting to sell a PlayStation 4 through an online advertisement and met with Alvarez and Taylor on Dec. 27 about buying the system, according to charging documents. Salgado's girlfriend was also there.
Alvarez and Taylor came to the meeting intending to rob Salgado, charges state, and got into the back seat of his vehicle telling him they needed to go to 291 E. Browning Ave. to get money to pay for the PlayStation. After arriving there, Alvarez pulled out a gun and demanded that Salgado give up his belongings.
A struggle for the gun ensued and Salgado was shot. He died at the scene.
Taylor then dragged Salgado's girlfriend out of the car, pushed her to the ground, punched her with brass knuckles and kicked her, according to court documents. Alvarez pointed the gun at her, then pointed it at a woman who was driving by and yelling at them from her vehicle, charges state. The driver left the area and called 911.
Plea documents for Alvarez indicate Salgado was actually selling drugs to the men, while Taylor's plea maintains it was a PlayStation.
Alvarez and Taylor had turned 18 shortly before the killing and had no adult criminal history at the time. Juvenile court records indicate they had both been charged with multiple violent crimes as teenagers.