The fate of a former MMA fighter and his accomplice was decided Tuesday morning after they were found guilty of taking part in a murder in the Everglades.
Former MMA fighter Alex Vila Perdomo was sentenced to 15 years behind bars and Roberto Isaac to life in prison for the 2011 death of Miami interior designer Camilo Salazar.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Miguel de la O did not mince words when he handed down the sentences, Tuesday.
“I think lurking inside you is a cold-blooded mercenary, because you did this solely out of money,” he said as he addressed Isaac.
Both men had been found guilty on Nov. 7. Isaac was found guilty of second-degree murder, conspiracy of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon and kidnapping, while Perdomo was found guilty for conspiracy of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon.
Nearly a month later, both men appeared in a Miami courtroom as lawyers for both sides presented their case before sentencing.
“It was the appropriate sentence under the appropriate circumstances,” said county prosecutor Gail Levine.
According to police, Presidente Supermarket co-founder Manuel Marin was so enraged by his wife’s affair with Salazar that he commissioned Perdomo and Isaac to kill him back in 2011.
In court Tuesday, members of the victim’s family spoke up, some of them addressing Isaac and Perdomo directly.
“All I ask for is for them not to be on the streets anymore, to not cause any more harm,” said Salazar’s mother through a translator. “It is terribly hard for me to live day to day.”
Before they learned their sentence, both defendants delivered statements.
“What I would like to say is I feel real heartbroken for the rest of the family having to live through this tragedy,” said Perdomo through a translator.
“I committed a crime, and I’m guilty, and I feel sorry and bad that you lost your son,” said Isaac.
According to investigators, Marin fled the country shortly after Salazar’s body was found.
Marin will face a judge in 2020.
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