Man faces life in prison for fatal robbery

CREATED Jan. 31, 2014

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NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - A southwest Florida man faces life in prison for his part in a fatal robbery.
   
A Collier County jury found 22-year-old Jose Barrientos Jr. guilty Thursday of first-degree murder. He is not eligible for the death penalty, because he was only 17 at the time of the crime.
   
Authorities say Barrientos and Jesus Rene Garza committed a robbery in 2008 that led to the stabbing death of 51-year-old Roberto Avalos-Jasso. Prosecutors say Barrientos stabbed Avalos-Jasso several times from behind.
   
The Naples Daily News reports that Barrientos claimed he blacked out in the moments before Garza killed Avalos-Jasso.
   
Garza was previously sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. His attorney's claimed that Barrientos was the one who killed Avalos-Jasso.
   
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Information from: Naples (Fla.) Daily News, http://www.naplesnews.com

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