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Gallery: Scenes from Adam Matos' sentencing hearing

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Convicted quadruple murderer Adam Matos arrives for his sentencing hearings on Monday (11/20/17) at the West Pasco Judicial Center in New Port Richey. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Convicted quadruple murderer Adam Matos arrives for his sentencing hearings on Monday (11/20/17) at the West Pasco Judicial Center in New Port Richey. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Published Nov. 21, 2017|Updated Nov. 21, 2017


His family described him as a loving, kind-hearted father. His neighbors regarded him as quiet and respectful. His friends recalled him as “happy go lucky,” a “laid-back, fun guy.”

Thirteen witnesses told of a softer side of Adam Matos on Monday, as a Pasco County jury began the grave process of determining whether he should live or die.

“It’s hard, I can’t even explain to you, it’s hard,” mother Rose Matos testified. “I tried as a single parent, I tried to teach my children there has to be another way than what you see on TV, or what you see before your eyes.”


Prosecuting attorney Chris LaBruzzo makes opening statements on Monday (11/30/17) at the West Pasco Judicial Center in New Port Richey where he clarified the concept that Matos' first degree murder convictions are to be considered as aggravating factors in determining whether Adam Matos should get a death sentence. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Prosecuting attorney Chris LaBruzzo makes opening statements on Monday (11/30/17) at the West Pasco Judicial Center in New Port Richey where he clarified the concept that Matos' first degree murder convictions are to be considered as aggravating factors in determining whether Adam Matos should get a death sentence. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Noel Palma, M.D., Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, answers questions from the prosecution on Monday (11/20/17) during a sentencing hearing.
Noel Palma, M.D., Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, answers questions from the prosecution on Monday (11/20/17) during a sentencing hearing.
Defense attorney Willie Pura works to mitigate the sentence for Adam Matos on Monday (11/20/17) during a sentencing hearing. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Defense attorney Willie Pura works to mitigate the sentence for Adam Matos on Monday (11/20/17) during a sentencing hearing. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
James Sigler, 63, of New Port Richey, confirms the veracity of text messages between he and Megan Brown with prosecutor Bryan Sarabia during a sentencing hearing for Adam Matos. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
James Sigler, 63, of New Port Richey, confirms the veracity of text messages between he and Megan Brown with prosecutor Bryan Sarabia during a sentencing hearing for Adam Matos. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Rose Matos, mother of Adam Matos, shares details about his childhood with jurors during a sentencing hearing for Adam Matos. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Rose Matos, mother of Adam Matos, shares details about his childhood with jurors during a sentencing hearing for Adam Matos. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Defense attorney Dean Livermore works to mitigate the sentence for Adam Matos on Monday (11/20/17) during a sentencing hearing. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Defense attorney Dean Livermore works to mitigate the sentence for Adam Matos on Monday (11/20/17) during a sentencing hearing. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Angela Bracale, of Las Vegas, NV, aunt of Adam Matos, shares details about his childhood with jurors during a sentencing hearing. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Angela Bracale, of Las Vegas, NV, aunt of Adam Matos, shares details about his childhood with jurors during a sentencing hearing. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Estelle Austin, of Hudson, shares details about helping Adam Matos get a bicycle with jurors during a sentencing hearing.
Estelle Austin, of Hudson, shares details about helping Adam Matos get a bicycle with jurors during a sentencing hearing.
Prosecuting attorneys Joseph Lawhorne, left, and Bryan Sarabia, center, join defense attorney Dean Livermore at the bench during a sentencing hearing. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Prosecuting attorneys Joseph Lawhorne, left, and Bryan Sarabia, center, join defense attorney Dean Livermore at the bench during a sentencing hearing. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Adam Matos' mother, Rose Matos, of Wilmington, CA., foreground, is comforted by her sister, Angela Bracale, of Las Vegas, NV., during a break in testimony during a sentencing hearing for Adam Matos. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Adam Matos' mother, Rose Matos, of Wilmington, CA., foreground, is comforted by her sister, Angela Bracale, of Las Vegas, NV., during a break in testimony during a sentencing hearing for Adam Matos. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Maxine Jones, of Philadelphia, PA., godmother to Adam Matos, shares memories of his childhood with jurors during a sentencing hearing for Adam Matos. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Maxine Jones, of Philadelphia, PA., godmother to Adam Matos, shares memories of his childhood with jurors during a sentencing hearing for Adam Matos. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Nancy Matos, of Philadelphia, PA., aunt to Adam Matos, shares memories of his childhood with jurors during a sentencing hearing for Adam Matos. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Nancy Matos, of Philadelphia, PA., aunt to Adam Matos, shares memories of his childhood with jurors during a sentencing hearing for Adam Matos. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Adriana Clauss, of Slatington, PA., shares memories of her relationship with the Brown family with jurors during a sentencing hearing for Adam Matos. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Adriana Clauss, of Slatington, PA., shares memories of her relationship with the Brown family with jurors during a sentencing hearing for Adam Matos. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Chiara Clauss, of Slatington, PA., shares memories of her relationship with the Brown family, and a romantic relationship with Adam Matos, with jurors during a sentencing hearing for Adam Matos. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Chiara Clauss, of Slatington, PA., shares memories of her relationship with the Brown family, and a romantic relationship with Adam Matos, with jurors during a sentencing hearing for Adam Matos. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Peter DeJesus, brother of Adam Matos, shares memories of their childhood with jurors during a sentencing hearing for Adam Matos. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Peter DeJesus, brother of Adam Matos, shares memories of their childhood with jurors during a sentencing hearing for Adam Matos. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
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