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Edgar Gomez Carrillo, 20, is a "coward," the judge said at his sentencing. "You cannot be a man."

Judge calls killer 'a coward,' sentences him to 44 years to life in prison

Published: Friday, May. 17, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 19, 2013 - 9:59 am

The judge called the murderer a "coward" Thursday just before he sent him away to state prison for 44 years to the rest of his life.

"You cannot be a man," Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette told Edgar Gomez Carrillo, 30. "You are a coward."

Marlette ripped into Carrillo for the Dec. 25, 2008, shooting death of Francisco Torres-Fernandez, 24, in the 2300 block of North Avenue in Del Paso Heights.

After Carrillo shot and killed Torres-Fernandez, he used the same pistol to smash the dead man's sister in the face, opening up a 2-inch laceration over Lorena Torres' right eye, investigators said.

Carrillo had fatally confronted Torres-Fernandez because the victim had been hugging the defendant's sister after giving her a Christmas present.

"She is my sister," witnesses said they heard Carrillo say in the moments before the killing, according to his probation report. "I have to protect her."

After he shot Torres-Fernandez, Carrillo and another man kicked the victim while he was on the ground, before he assaulted the slain man's sister.

A jury convicted Carrillo of second-degree murder on April 18.

Along with the 15-to-life sentence for the killing, he got another 25-to-life under the state's "10-20-life" law for personally discharging a firearm resulting in death.

The other four years were for the assault on Lorena Torres.

Carrillo fled to Mexico after the shooting. He was arrested in May 2011 and returned to Sacramento.

Relatives who filled half the courtroom Thursday described Torres-Fernandez as a religious man who didn't forget birthdays, looked after his younger brothers and sisters, built his own home and dreamed of owning a ranch and horses.

Through his attorney, Danny Brace, Carrillo apologized to the victim's family for killing him. The judge was not impressed.

"Mr. Carrillo, you are now on your way to prison as a coward," Marlette told him.

Call The Bee's Andy Furillo, (916) 321-1141. Follow him on Twitter @andyfurillo.

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