A-Last Amanto Simiron was sentenced to life in prison for the 2017 murder of Gilbert Alvarez Jr.

"I'm sorry," Simiron said, as he addressed the victim's family in the courtroom during Monday morning's sentencing.

Judge Maria Cenzon of the Superior Court of Guam denied the defense's motion to delay sentencing pending a psychological evaluation.

In November 2018, a jury found Simiron guilty of murder as a first-degree felony, manslaughter as a first-degree felony, aggravated assault as a second-degree felony, theft of a motor vehicle as a second-degree felony and assault as a misdemeanor.

The court merged the sentencing for all charges except the theft of a motor vehicle charge.

Defense attorney Annie Gayle requested the motor vehicle theft charge be merged as well, which would allow Simiron the possibility of parole after 15 years instead of 20 years.

"He has arrests and charges pending, but no prior felony convictions," Gayle said. "That's why we ask for a concurrent sentence."

Family's testimony

Alvarez's family testified and requested that Simiron be held without the possibility of parole.

"What you did to my boy wasn't nice," John Tedtaotao, Alvarez's stepfather, said from the witness stand as he held back tears. "You took away my boy's life. ... I just want to let you know that looking at you and facing you is the final (thing for me)."

The mother of Alvarez's child, Jessica Diaz, also addressed Simiron during the hearing.

"It's like a nightmare that will never go away," Diaz said. "What happened to Gil, the father of my child, is (something we're) going to live with forever. Gil was a very good person. He loved to be around people. He was very helpful and had a kind, loving heart, and he loved his two daughters. ... Do you understand that he tried to help you? He gave you a ride. And what did you do? You hurt him. For pleasure? What did you get out of it? This is never going to go away."

Diaz said her daughter was only 3 months old when Alvarez was killed.

"I hope this time, when you are put away, you can think about it," she said. "Now we have to live like this for the rest of our lives. I ask the court, please don't let this happen to another family. ... No one should ever have to go through this pain."

Simiron will be eligible for parole after he serves 20 years of his sentence.

"I'd like to recognize the victim's family in this case for their strength and presence at each phase of the case," said Assistant Attorney General Sean Brown. "We are pleased that the court agreed with our position on sentencing in guaranteeing that the defendant will serve 20 years before even becoming eligible for parole. I hope this sentence will help ease the pain of the victim's family as well as bring some closure to the lives of the people that suffered the loss of their loved one."

2017 murder

In February 2017, Alvarez was found unconscious and lying face-down on the ground on President's Lane near the University of Guam in Mangilao.

Simiron and his co-defendant, Mallo Mango Sally, had asked Alvarez for a ride and while in the pickup plotted to beat him up and steal his truck.

Sally pleaded guilty and was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for his part in the killing.

Brown requested restitution in the amount of $116,000 for the victim's family. A hearing on that issue will be held at a later date.

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