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Posted on: June 2, 2017

Dillon Archuleta Sentenced to 13 Years for Deadly Shooting at a Party

PHOENIX— Today Dillon Archuleta (D.O.B. 01/11/1995) was sentenced to 13 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections for second degree murder.

“Today’s sentencing holds this defendant accountable for his actions and the young life he cut short, however nothing will undo the grief and loss suffered by the victim’s family and friends,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

On March 27, 2016 officers were responding to complaints about a party at an apartment complex. While investigating they heard gunshots from inside the apartment and saw dozens of people running from the area. A 16-year-old male came out of the apartment telling officers he had been shot. The victim, Jesse Abrega, later died at the scene. He was the only person injured by the gunshots at the party.

Investigators were able to identify Dillon Archuleta as the suspect who fired the shots inside the apartment. He admitted to investigators he was at the party and fired his gun several times, but claimed he was aiming only at a wall and fired in an attempt to stop a fight involving a friend.

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