NEW PORT RICHEY — A brother accused of shooting a Port Richey man to death and burning his body to cover up the crime pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree murder.
Alexandre R. Gonzalez, 20, and Luis A. Gonzalez Jr., 22, were both arrested in June of last year and charged with first-degree homicide. Authorities say the two men killed Richard W. Martinez, 25, on May 13, 2012. His body was found inside a Chevrolet Impala in the woods near Poco Loop in Moon Lake Estates.
Alexandre Gonzalez pleaded before Circuit Judge William Webb on Monday. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison with 25 years minimum mandatory time, due to Florida's firearm statute.
Alexandre Gonzalez had previously tried to plead on Friday, but Judge Webb didn't let him based on what Webb called Alexandre Gonzalez's bravado. Alexandre Gonzalez told Webb he wasn't satisfied with his representation or the deal.
This time, Alexandre Gonzalez simply said "yes sir" when Webb addressed him.
Martinez's father was present in the courthouse and agreed to the sentence, according to Assistant State Attorney Chris Sprowls.
Alexandre Gonzalez's family was also present in the courtroom. His mother told him she loved him as he was taken away.
Luis Gonzalez's pending trial is a capital felony case, and he could potentially face the death penalty if convicted.