A.K.A.: "Tony" - "Dopey"
Characteristics: Juvenile (16)
Number of victims: 3
Date of murders: September 21/October 15, 1996
Date of arrest: July 23, 1997
Date of birth: February 11, 1980
Victims profile: Jonathan Bria / Hector Imperial, 28, and his wife, Sandra, 29
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Status: Sentenced to death June 19, 2003
On Oct. 15, 1996, Aguilar murdered Hector Imperial, 28, and his wife, Sandra, 29, in front of their 5-year-old son at the couple's home in the 1600 block of North 52nd Drive in Phoenix. Aguilar shot Hector to death and shot Sandra, who died of her wounds the next day. Police said the murders were part of a "longstanding feud."
Aguilar was taken into custody by officers of the U.S. Customs Service at the Port of Entry in EI Paso after discovering outstanding warrants for homicide, parole absconder and fraud. He was extradited back to Phoenix. On January 4, 2002, Aguilar was sentenced to natural life plus 35 years for the double murder.
When in custody of Phoenix police, Aguilar may have confessed to being involved in the drive-by shooting.
Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley said the murders never should have happened. Aguilar, who was sent to a juvenile-detention center on April 25, 1995, for assaulting a police officer, was supposed to remain in custody until he turned 18. Instead, he was released after eight days.
Claims of a police foul-up led to a settlement for the family of the victims of the teen murderer. The families also argued that Aguilar should have been locked up in a juvenile detention center instead of on the streets. The city contributed $1 million to the settlement.
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