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Plea Bargain Lands Convicted Murderer 20-Years in Prison

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In the 214th District Court, a 19-year old man accused of brutally beating another man to death agreed to plead guilty to the charge on Friday.

In exchange for his guilty plea, Mark Ramirez will face a 20-year prison sentence for the death of 20-year old Michael Sandoval last January. It was a compromise for the victim's family, who initially hoped that their son's killer would serve life in prison.

Sandoval's body was discovered at a garage apartment in January. Ramirez was arrested shortly after, but then skipped out on his bond and was later recaptured at an Arkansas bus station.

"I hope he gets life," the victim's mother, Lorraine Casares, said in January. "I hope he gets life."

However, with Friday's plea bargain, Ramirez is only getting a fraction of that for his crime. Casares spoke directly to Ramirez following Friday's sentencing.

"In 20 years, you still get to see your parents. You still get to talk to your parents. To visit and hold your parents," Casares said. "I have nothing but a gravesite now."

Family members said that, while the plea bargained 20 years is not what they wanted, it was the only way to move forward.

"I can't say justice was done. Justice to me is having him back in our life. We can never have that," said Rebecca Villarreal, the victim's aunt. "20 years is really nothing, but we couldn't face going through a trial and reliving the moments again."

The victim's family said they are now the ones sentenced to a lifetime of misery and grief without their loved one.

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