I am glad that I don't depend on this little newspaper for my news. The sentencing was Friday and I guess they don't put news like this in their Saturday or Sunday papers... They waited until Monday to print it.
As far as I can tell from the El Dorado Sheriff's Office Inmate Information pages, Mario is still at the jail there and hasn't been moved yet. I have a hunch that the California Department of Corrections will be picking him up today and taking him to start processing him into the prison system.
Thanks to "Anonymous", we have a copy of the article that the Mountain Democrat ran in their paper today. And I'm going to do a "no-no"... I am going to copy and paste it here..
By Eric Laughlin | Democrat staff writer | May 18, 2008 14:27So now we wait for word on where they send him for processing into the system, and then we wait to find out where he gets to live out his days. I hope they don't send him to an "easy" prison. Maybe Pelican Bay?
The man who shot and killed his former girlfriend with a shotgun was sentenced Friday to 50 years to life.
Mario H. Lozano’s arm began to twitch as Superior Court Judge Daniel B. Proud formally handed down the sentence that will likely translate into life behind bars.
Lozano, 60, showed no emotion minutes before that, when victim Kacie Barron’s brother Pat and two others read statements in open court.
“I feel empty and am full of rage,” Pat Barron said. “I don’t know how I stayed in my seat during this trial.”
He concluded his statement by glaring at Lozano and saying, “I hope you meet the love of your life in prison.”
Pat Barron’s wife Sharon then stepped up and said to the convicted killer: “Why couldn’t you have just handled rejection like a man and left Kacie alone and gone on your way?” She finished by telling Lozano she hopes he burns in hell.
Lozano was found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury last month. He shot and killed 40-year-old Kacie Barron, of Placerville, in July 2006, following an argument outside of her Placerville travel trailer. Barron sustained two gunshot wounds, to her stomach and face.
After her family and friends had their say, Lozano angered them by reading a remorseless eight-page statement that lasted 15 minutes. Some of Kacie Barron’s supporters, including Pat, left the courtroom minutes into the statement.
“I have had no prior rap sheet,” Lozano told the packed courtroom. “My main goal in life has been to pursue a life of happiness. My life has been a gift. I have lived on 17 different islands and 30 different countries. I have built multi-million dollar homes for people you may have seen on television.” He concluded his statement by saying the thing he was proudest of is his two sons.
He made no mention of being sorry for the killing, but instead blamed methamphetamine for ruining Kacie Barron’s life.
Judge Proud then proceeded to sentencing by telling Lozano he didn’t hear one word of remorse in the lengthy statement. Proud gave the Hawaiian native 25 to life for the first-degree murder conviction and another 25 to life for the special firearm-use allegation.
Outside the courtroom many supporters said they were disgusted by Lozano’s long-winded statement.
“It was totally all about him,” Pat Barron said. “He couldn’t care less about anybody else.”
Prosecutor Dale Gomes said a lot of what Lozano said, including him owning a home in Kauai, was untrue.
“He’s delusional,” Gomes said. “This is a guy who has leeched off of everyone he’s come across his whole life.”
After the hearing Lozano was whisked out of the courtroom by sheriff’s officials. He was then returned to the El Dorado County Jail where he will await transfer to a state prison.
Thanks again to Anonymous, we have the other picture that the Mountain Democrat had in their article about the sentencing hearing. Here it is, this is the Barron family and Prosecutor Dale Gomes (I think):
L to R, Kacie's Mom, Annie Walker, Brother Pat Barron holding Kacie's 2nd grade picture (the one he held in Mario's face), Pat's wife Sharon (Kacie introduced them), Stepdad Doug Walker in background and Dale Gomes. Small Update: Pat and Sharon are wearing t-shirts from the 2nd Annual Kacie's Ride for Hope to End Domestic Violence.