Two young men will spend the rest of their lives in prison for the murder of a York City landscaper.
Emanuel "Gordo" Rivera and Eric "Chucky" Camacho-Rodriguez, both 20 and of York, wore orange jumpsuits and handcuffs as they sat in the courtroom to receive their sentence for the May 28, 2012, killing of 43-year-old Felipe Bernabe-Martinez during a botched carjacking.
In June, Rivera was found guilty of first-degree murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery; Camacho-Rodriguez was found guilty of second-degree murder. Both convictions come with automatic life sentences and no possibility of parole in Pennsylvania.
Neither man wished to make public statements to the court, and both were ordered to pay restitution for any funeral or burial expenses to the victim's family.
The incident: During the murder trial in June, chief deputy prosecutor David Sunday told jurors that Bernabe-Martinez was gunned down outside his home in the 600 block of East South Street in York City when he wouldn't give the men keys to his truck.
The father of two was shot point-blank, the muzzle of a sawed-off .22-caliber rifle pressed against his back, he said.
Three days after the shooting, the men called an acquaintance and began to plan another robbery, Sunday said. When the acquaintance informed police, York City detectives set up a surveillance operation that led to their capture, he said.
'Taken away': As Camacho-Rodriguez sat just feet away from Bernabe-Martinez's family and friends, first assistant district attorney Jennifer Russell expressed the sorrow behind their loss.
"This case basically boils down to the loss of a very good person, Felipe Bernabe," she said. "He was a good father, he was a good provider, and he was taken away due to the senseless actions of the defendant and Mr. Rivera."
Bernabe-Martinez's widow and eldest daughter attended the sentencing but did not wish to make public comments, Russell said.
They are satisfied with the result, but nothing will bring back their loving husband and father, she said.
"(This is) basically a loss that they just won't ever get over," Russell said.
-Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo contributed to this story. Reach Mollie Durkin at firstname.lastname@example.org.