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Posted on: October 14, 2016

Javier Aguayo Sentenced to Life plus 32.5 Years for Attempted Murder of Witnesses

PHOENIX—Javier Aguayo (DOB 07/01/91) was sentenced today to life without the possibly of parole for 25 years plus an additional 32.5 years in the Department of Corrections for Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault and Disorderly Conduct.

“The lengths the defendant went to in order to avoid responsibility for his actions are reprehensible,” said County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “His willingness to repeatedly try to take a human life indicates he is clearly a danger to the community, and therefore the significant term of incarceration is warranted.”

This case is the culmination of three separate, but related incidents in which Javier Aguayo put multiple victims in fear for their lives. During a 2011 road rage incident, the defendant aimed a loaded gun at a car with a mother, father, and young child inside. While out on bond for that incident, Aguayo began stalking and decided to kill the victims, who were the key witnesses against him. He researched where the victims lived, obtained a gun, recruited a get-away driver and began watching and following the female victim.

On February 16, 2012 the female victim was leaving for work when Aguayo walked up to her car and shot her in both arms, in the chest, and twice in the back as she was attempting to drive away and call police. However, with the assistance of a get-away-driver Aguayo was able to leave the area before officers arrived. About a month later, investigators arrested Aguayo after linking him to the attempted murder of the female witness, and learned that he was planning another attempt to take her life.

While being held in jail without bond, Aguayo attempted to convince another inmate, who was eligible for release, to kill the female victim and potentially her entire family. That inmate instead alerted authorities to Aguayo’s plans.

Aguayo’s co-defendant, Ricco Monge, admitted to driving Aguayo away from the area after he shot the female victim. Monge pled guilty to one count of Attempted First Degree Murder and testified against Aguayo. Monge was sentenced on July 11, 2016 to 12 years in the Department of Corrections.

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