Justice has been slow for the family of Faviola Hernandez, who was gunned down by an illegal alien from Mexico during a botched robbery attempt at a Glendale hair salon in Salt Lake City in 2007. But justice became sure on April 12th, 2011, when Miguel Mateos-Martinez was sentenced to life in prison without parole for one count of aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of aggravated assault.
After Mateos-Martinez issued a pro forma apology claiming that he only wanted the money and never intended to take Faviola's life, Judge Deno Himonas didn't sound very enthused about putting this guy away. He said it was a very close issue on whether to impose 20 years to life or a life term on the aggravated murder count; in handing down a life sentence, the judge said he did so with a heavy heart. However, Faviola's family members who showed up in court said that Mateos-Martinez's apology was a bunch of baloney and added that they would never forgive him. KSL news video embedded below:
Recap of previous events (previous post HERE provides links to other posts on the case): On August 15th, 2007, while his cohort Jesus Jimenez waited outside in a getaway vehicle, Mateos-Martinez entered the Bushwhacker Hair & Tanning salon at 1329 W. California Ave., and shot salon owner Faviola Hernandez. Both Jimenez and Mateos-Martinez then escaped. But while Jimenez was quickly apprehended, Mateos-Martinez, who was an illegal alien, escaped to Mexico. In June 2008, a jury found Jimenez guilty of murder and aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies. The jury also found Jimenez eligible for an enhanced penalty for use of a firearm in a crime; in September 2007, he was sentenced to 21 years in prison.
Subsequently, Mateos-Martinez was nabbed by U.S. marshals without incident in Ensenada, Mexico in July 2008. He was held in a Mexico City prison until the extradition. To faciliate the extradition from Mexico, Utah prosecutors agreed to not pursue the death penalty; Mexico normally won't extradite murder suspects unless the death penalty's off the table.