EPHRATA — Two teen brothers will serve 15 and 20 years in prison for the 2011 gang-related murder of a Quincy man.
Benjamin “Smiley” Lopez Jr., 18, earned a 15-year sentence Tuesday, while his brother Abraham Lopez Torres, 17, was sentenced to 20 years in the killing of Adan Beltran, 25, who was gunned down in his yard in April 2011.
Both were convicted Dec. 5 after a three-week trial. Grant County Prosecutor Angus Lee argued that the killing, carried out in daylight as part of a feud between two Quincy gangs, was a pre-planned revenge murder over the October 2010 killing of Edwin Cesar Davalos, 19.
Lee sought the maximum allowable sentences of 24 years for Abraham Lopez and 19 for his brother. Defense attorneys for the two men asked for leniency due to the defendants’ age, and said there was no premeditation in the case.
The shooting led to a high-speed highway chase in which police finally caught the brothers — as well as two accomplices — on Highway 28 near Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park.
The driver in the murder and chase, Roberto “Lil Man” Murillo Vera, 21, of Wenatchee, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in December 2011 and was sentenced to 18 years. A similar charge against another passenger in the car, Alexis Hernandez, was dropped in exchange for his testimony.
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