NEW PORT RICHEY— A jury deliberated two hours Friday and found a Pasco man guilty of shooting his wife's lover to death with a 9mm Ruger.
Michael Ortaliz, 61, was convicted of second-degree murder of John Holman, 61, and faces a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and a maximum of life, according to Assistant State Attorney Chris Sprowls. He does not have any prior criminal offenses. He will be sentenced June 27.
Ortaliz waited on a bench near his wife's parent's house in Brentwood Estates mobile home park on Jan. 24, 2012, for his wife Karen and Holman to arrive. She had recently left him. He walked up to the car, opened the door and shot Holman five times, yelling expletives.
Afterward, he put the gun down and waited for authorities to arrive. He was represented by lawyers from the Baez Law Firm, which won a high-profile acquittal of Casey Anthony — accused of killing her daughter Caylee — in 2011. They argued that Ortaliz was not in control of his actions because he was overcome with emotion at the time of the killing. Ortaliz had been charged with first-degree murder. The conviction on a lesser charge means he doesn't face an automatic life sentence.