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El Pasoan will serve life in prison for murder conviction

Miguel Bygoytia was convicted of murder. 

A 21-year-old man appeared calm and emotionless as he was told he would serve the rest of his life in prison for murder.

Miguel Bygoytia was sentenced Tuesday.

The El Paso jury reached a verdict at 5 p.m. for the murder of Aaron Ochoa.

Ochoa, 18, was shot and killed in a central El Paso parking lot in 2014 after the two teenagers argued about damage done to a car. Bygoytia was armed and shot Ochoa ten times before leaving Ochoa to die in broad daylight, according to prosecutors.

The jury was shown pictures from Ochoa's life and heard more about who he was. Prosecutors said Ochoa had dreams to become a law enforcement officer. He was an explorer with Border Patrol and wanted to join the sheriff's office. Ochoa had also moved to Paso Del Norte Academy because he wanted to graduate early and get started on his career.

The same jury found Bygoytia guilty last week.

Before the jury deliberated, the defense asked them to consider Bygoytia's age, 21. Bygoytia's defense team said Bygoytia willingly took the stand to explain to the jury he lived with remorse and understood he was going to a "dark place".

However, the prosecution argued Bygoytia deserved to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Bygoytia is the third person to be found guilty for the murder of Ochoa.

Gustavo Valencia was sentenced to 60 years behind bars and Armando Torres to 10.


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