Lopez brothers sentenced

Benjamin Lopez, far left, and Abraham Lopez, second from right, are flanked by their attorneys during a jury ruling Dec. 5. The brothers were sentenced in Grant County Superior Court Jan. 8.

EPHRATA- Benjamin and Abraham Lopez were sentenced Tuesday for the April, 2011 murder of Adan Beltran in Quincy.

Benjamin Lopez was sentenced to 15 years in prison and Abraham Lopez was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The brothers were found guilty of second degree murder in early December after a month long trial. The state, represented by Grant County Prosecutor Angus Lee, requested the maximum sentence allowed for both defendants.

Lee said under Washington's sentencing laws, 17-year-old Abraham Lopez faced a standard sentence range of roughly 16 to 24 years, while 18-year-old Benjamin Lopez faced a range of about 11 to 19 years.

Lee argued that the murder was committed in broad daylight, revealing a total lack of concern for public safety. He also stated the two admitted gang members had shown no remorse at any point since the murder.

Others asking Superior Court Judge Evan Sperline to impose the maximum sentence were the victim's sister, Analilla Beltran, and Quincy police detective Sal Mancini.

Mancini said the crime has had a significant impact on the community. Beltran, meanwhile, shared how her brother’s murder impacted both she and her daughter, who was present at the time of the shooting.

The Lopez’s defense attorneys asked for leniency due to the age of the two brothers, who were both minors at the time of the murder.

The court ultimately imposed a middle-range sentence for both defendants. Lee said they will be supervised by the Department of Corrections for three years following their release.

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