Elderly murderer still angry at victim
86-year-old sentenced to 16 years
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An 86-year-old man who went on a deadly shooting spree at a Fourth of July barbeque was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Wednesday.
But Eddie Barela kept speaking his mind and the sentencing judge was not amused.
"Mr. Barela, you may speak in just a moment," Judge Albert Murdoch said to Barela as he attempted to interrupt arguments from the prosecutor. "You will listen until I call upon you. Do you understand?"
Barela continued to attempt to defend himself, even though he already pleaded guilty to second-degree murder two months ago.
When Murdoch allowed Barela to speak at sentencing on Wednesday, it was clear that he remains angry that no one, including police, listened to him.
"I showed them all the stuff they had done to me," Barela told the judge. "Him (Milar) ripping me off, evidence of him searching the furniture, the drawers, looking for cash and documents."
Murdoch interrupted Barela during his statement and pointedly asked him several times if he felt Milar deserved to die.
After a long pause, Barela finally said "probably not."