February 13, 1996 in City

Jury Gives Killer Death Sentence

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

A jury on Monday decided a man who pleaded guilty to killing two young women and a 3-year-old boy should receive the death penalty.

The 12-person jury reached its decision after Jeremy Sagastegui, who is representing himself, said in closing arguments Monday that he did not regret the killings.

The Benton County Superior Court jury heard four days of testimony to decide whether Sagastegui should receive the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

Sagastegui, 25, pleaded guilty Feb. 2 to three counts of aggravated first-degree murder.

The slayings occurred Nov. 19 in a rural Kennewick mobile home where Sagastegui was baby-sitting Mellisa Sarbacher’s children. Authorities say Sagastegui drowned Sarbacher’s son, Keiven, in a bathtub after raping and stabbing him.

He then shot the boy’s 21-year-old mother after she arrived home and also shot her friend, Lisa Vera-Acevedo, 26.


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