Mexican man sentenced for killing Mesa store clerk in 2015

Apolinar Altamirano was sentenced Friday after pleading responsible to murdering a comfort store clerk in Mesa over a pack of cigarettes.

PHOENIX — Editor’s Note: The above video is from an earlier broadcast. 

A Maricopa County choose has sentenced a man to 38.5 years in jail for killing a 21-year-old QuikTrip clerk in 2015. 

Apolinar Altamirano, 37, pleaded responsible to murdering Grant Ronnebeck in Mesa after the comfort store clerk insisted Altamirano pay for a pack of cigarettes. 

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Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Justin Beresky delivered Altamirano’s destiny Friday morning and put an finish to a prolonged case that contributed to the nationwide debate over immigration reform. 

“This is one of the most callous, cold-blooded killings that I’ve been part of. I frankly think you should probably never get out of prison,” stated Judge Beresky, noting the defendant’s sentencing was already negotiated in the plea settlement. 

Altamirano was sentenced to 4 separate costs. His punishment for every offense was as follows: 25 years in jail, 11 years in jail, 2.5 years in jail, and 5 years of probation. 

The sufferer’s relations have been in the courtroom as Beresky handed down his judgment and lots of described the anguish they’ve endured over the past seven years. 

“I miss him every day,” Ronnebeck’s father advised the choose. “I’ve missed seven birthdays, I’ve missed seven Christmases…Grant’s favorite holiday was Christmas…The joy of Christmas is gone for me.” 

Altamirano is a citizen of Mexico who has lived in the U.S. with out authorization for about 20 years. He has been deported and returned to the U.S. in the previous.

Then-President Donald Trump repeatedly cited Altamirano’s case for example of crimes dedicated by immigrants who reside in the U.S. illegally. 

In the years following the 21-year-old’s demise, Ronnebeck’s relations would publicly advocate for coverage adjustments which may stop an identical crime from occurring once more. 

“We want Grant’s death to be a force for change and reform immigration policies of this great nation,” Grant’s uncle advised a congressional panel in 2015.

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