9:24 P.M (MST)
21-year-old Michael Rose stared straight ahead and stayed silent during a pre-sentencing aggravation hearing in Yuma Superior Court Wednesday afternoon.
Rose is being charged with second degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Angel Montaldo of Winterhaven, who was found shot dead in his home in April of last year.
While the state is asking for a 20 year prison sentence, Rose's attorney made his argument for a sentence anywhere between 10 and 16 years.
Montaldo's four brothers and sisters appeared in court, all emotionally pleading with the judge to impose the maximum sentence, and asking for justice to be served.
The 20-year-old left behind three young children.
While Judge Hawes was initially going to hand down a sentence during Wednesday’s proceedings, he told the Montaldo family he wanted more time to review the case.
The family accepted his request.
Rose had long been considered a suspect in the case, but was not arrested until more than a year after the murder, as police had difficulty tracking him down.
Eventually U.S Marshalls were called in to help find rose before he was located and arrested in early may in of this year.
Rose will be sentenced next week.