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Nov 9, 2012

Murder to manslaughter; wife couldn’t testify against him

Alvaro Rene Gregorio

Thirty-four year old Alvaro Rene Gregorio, of the San Mateo Area of San Pedro, who was accused of killing Roberto Jimenez Marroguin on October eighth, 2008, was sentenced today to ten years in prison by Supreme Court judge, Troadio John Gonzalez. The sentence is retroactive to the day he was remanded for the stabbing death of Marroquin. In mitigation plea before the sentence was handed down, Judge Gonzalez heard from Attorney, Simeon Sampson on behalf of Gregorio. Sampson established in court that Marroquin had gone to Gregorio’s house, threatened him and that was when he was stabbed once. In asking for leniency, Sampson also noted that Gregorio had no previous conviction. Gregorio for his part said that he was defending his life when the stabbing took place and he asked the judge to give him a second chance to go back into society as he is the sole provider for his family and children.  On October thirty-first, 2012, Gregorio was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

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1 Response for “Murder to manslaughter; wife couldn’t testify against him”

  1. Storm says:

    I understand the passion of confronting your wife’s lover at your own home, and manslaughter seems a reasonably just result.

    But I remain troubled by the court ruling, apparently that the wife was not permitted to testify to what she SAW — the fatal stabbing.

    I can understand a rule that protects what a husband TELLS his wife in confidence, but not what she sees him do with her own eyes. Nothing is confidential about that.

    If the judge’s ruling was correct, I think the law needs to be changed.

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