PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison with the chance of release after 30 years for his role in the execution-style murders of two men in May 2006.
Cevelino Capuia apologized to the victims' families at his sentencing Monday in a Multnomah County courtroom.
He pleaded guilty in June to aggravated murder and murder in the separate carjackings of Chai Taphom and Michael Burchett.
Capuia was 19 when he helped Shawn Womack rob the victims near an adult video store on Portland's east side. Womack, then 21, shot both men, telling investigators later that he and Capuia decided to find people to rob of their cash and cars, even if it meant killing them.
Womack pleaded guilty last year. In September, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Womack also admitted killing Capuia's 17-year-old girlfriend, Marissa Manwarren, after she learned of the murders.
Burchett's widow told the court that no amount of prison time would be enough.
"The only way for justice to possibly be served is for someone to end your life and your accomplice's life,'' Sara Burchett said, wiping away tears.
She was eight months pregnant when a detective told her that her husband had been shot and killed. She said at the hearing that her husband had been painting their baby's room before he left the night he was killed and that he was wearing a shirt bearing the painted handprints of their young daughter when he died.
"I have no one to share anything about the kids with, no one to make decisions with, no one to watch with as our daughter went to her first day of kindergarten,'' she said.
Taphom's widow, Uyen Taphom, declined to speak.
Capuia will serve an additional four years for the June 11, 2006, robbery of a Beaverton convenience store