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* Bradley Blackwell sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder of Uriel Arango Carreno

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A Rohnert Park man was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday for the shooting murder of a Petaluma man three years ago. Bradley Blackwell, 20, was convicted in April of burglary, attempted robbery and the murder of Uriel Arango Carreno, 20, in connection with an attack in Carreno’s converted garage apartment on Joan Drive on Feb. 7, 2007. Because Blackwell was 17 at the time of the murder, Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Rene Chouteau also had the option of sentencing him to life with the possibility of parole, Sonoma County District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua said. The judge cited Blackwell’s extensive criminal history and the heinous nature of the crime in choosing the harsher sentence, Passalacqua
said. Blackwell’s co-defendant Keith Kellum, 24, of Santa Rosa, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. At the time of his plea in March 2009, he said he and Blackwell went to Carreno’s home to rob him of drugs. He said he kicked in the door and Blackwell shot Carreno. Kellum was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

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