Jurors deliberate for 20 minutes in Delonde Pleasant trial
PASCO, Wash.—A local jury spends just 20 minutes deliberating a case. The Franklin County jurors reached a verdict Tuesday afternoon for Delonde Pleasant, the man convicted of killing his girlfriend in 2002.
Jurors determined there were aggravating factors in the killing of 20-year-old Juanita Montelongo. Now the judge can give an exceptional sentence to 32-year-old Pleasant.
Prosecutor Shawn Sant says he's not surprised the jurors only took twenty minutes to deliberate.
"Unlike a regular trial where they're sorting through a lot of different evidence, this basically started out where even the defense acknowledged to the jury that they're not to decide guilty or innocent of the underlying crime. Its' basic focus was on the aggravating factors of this case which were related to domestic violence," says Shane Sant, Franklin County Prosecutor.
Pleasant has already spent nine years in prison. His attorney says he has served a standard sentence for manslaughter.
Prosecutors want the judge to send Pleasant back to prison for another 16 years.