Andrade sentenced to 50 years in prison

Andrade sentenced to 50 years in prison

EL CENTRO, Calif. – The man convicted of first-degree murder, for the death of a high school football player, sat in court to hear his sentence.

The Judge Raymond Cota sentenced Martin Gabriel Andrade to 50 years to life in prison with the possibility of parole at the Imperial County Superior Courthouse, Thursday afternoon.

A jury found the 21-year-old guilty of murder in early May after his trial was heard for several weeks.

Andrade killed Martin Alberto Garza, 17, by stabbing him during a fight at a house party in El Centro back in January 2013.

The El Centro Police Department (ECPD) arrested Andrade at his home in Heber just days after the murder.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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