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Man gets life for killing Marine to steal gold chain

A photograph of Miguel Angel Suarez was a part of a memorial in his family’s Tampa home after his death in July.

CHRIS ZUPPA | Times (2007)

A photograph of Miguel Angel Suarez was a part of a memorial in his family’s Tampa home after his death in July.

For killing a Marine over his gold chain, Jonathan Sanabria will spend the rest of his life in prison.

A jury Wednesday convicted

Sanabria, 21, on charges of attempted robbery and first-degree murder, said Assistant State Attorney Christopher Moody.

Miguel Angel Suarez, 25, who served tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, was walking home from a Colombian Independence Day concert early July 21 when Sanabria attacked him.

Sanabria pistol-whipped Suarez, who fought back. Then Sanabria, who authorities said was a gang member, shot Suarez twice. One bullet hit Suarez in the head, killing him quickly, a medical examiner testified this week.

Suarez, a graduate of Jefferson High School, died a mile and a half from his childhood home. Sanabria confessed to detectives, saying he tried to rob Suarez for his gold chain.

Colleen Jenkins, Times staff writer

Man gets life for killing Marine to steal gold chain 05/14/08 [Last modified: Saturday, May 17, 2008 3:43pm]
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