A pot robber who killed a south area marijuana dealer two years ago will spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole as a result of the sentence he received today in Sacramento Superior Court.
Devenne Marquist Rodriguez, 27, was convicted last month in the Aug. 26, 2011, shooting death of Augustine Aranda, at the corner of 37th Avenue and 44th Street in Sacramento.
Judge Geoffrey A. Goodman denied a request by defense attorney Frances Huey to reconsider the life without parole term on grounds it would be unconstitutionally cruel and unusual. The judge noted that Rodriguez shot Aranda in the back in what was probably a set-up, besides being a robbery.
Earlanda Augusta, the victims mother, said in an interview last year that her son, a Luther Burbank High School graduate, had tried to get a job with various businesses in the south area before he turned to marijuana dealing to get some pocket money.
At todays sentencing, Rodriguez sat at the defense table with his face hidden in his hands.
I will never forget how you took my first-born from me, Earlanda Augusta told him.