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A Richmond man was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison in Contra Costa County Superior Court this morning for murdering a romantic rival in Richmond last year. The state-mandated sentencing comes a month after a jury found Oscar Carillo, 40, guilty of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of 21-year-old San Pablo man Jose Marroquin Flores on March 25, 2011.Judge Barbara Zuniga said today that the 50-year sentence for the first-degree murder charges and gun enhancement against Carillo follow state mandates. “Even if it was not mandated, it is appropriate — this was a cold-blooded killing,” the judge said. “The sentence I’m going to impose will hopefully give some peace to Mr. Marroquin’s family and friends…but it’s’ a very high price to pay for someone who was in the prime of his life.”
Carillo and his victim, an aspiring professional boxer and landscaper from El Salvador, were both regulars at King’s Boxing Gym in Oakland, Deputy District Attorney Molly Manoukian said. On the evening of March 25, 2011, Marroquin Flores was sitting in his car on 38th Street in Richmond when Carillo approached from behind and shot him in the head, according to Manoukian. The prosecutor said Carillo planned the killing and shot the 21-year-old two days after spotting him kissing and hugging a young woman at the gym whom Carillo had recently asked out.
After seeing the pair, Carillo was visibly furious, Manoukian said. The new couple were so disturbed by his reaction that they avoided the gym the following day, when Carillo showed up wearing dress clothes instead of his normal boxing gear, she said. Before handing down the sentence today, the judge referenced Carillo’s anger problems. “You had a problem with your temper — and it is tragic that you could not keep in mind your family when you got into that car and shot and killed Mr. Marroquin,” she told the defendant. Multiple members of both families gave emotional statements at today’s sentencing hearing.
Jose Marroquin, Sr., speaking through an interpreter, recalled his son’s determination to become a professional boxer as well as his friendly and respectful nature. “He would tell me, ‘Dad, don’t work that hard — I’ll help you,'” Marroquin said. “Since last year, the whole family has been feeling destroyed…I believe it destroyed our souls,” he said tearfully. Carillo’s mother, two sisters and other family members offered their condolences to the victim’s family but also spoke in Carillo’s defense.
Their statements echoed the defense’s argument during the trial that the gun went off by accident.
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