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Yakima Man Gets 40 Year Sentence for Murders Committed Near the Greenway

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YAKIMA, Wash.--There was a lot of heartbreak in a Yakima County Courtroom Monday, as 20-year-old Lameiro Flores received his punishment for the murder of two teenage boys.

"He took my best friend," said the girlfriend of one of the victims. "He took a part of my children's life no one will ever be able to give them back."

In August of 2012, police said Flores shot and killed 18-year-old Jobany Martinez and 17-year-old Jose Avilez  near the Yakima Greenway. He also attempted to shoot another man but missed. Police said Flores didn't have a criminal record or any affiliation with gangs, but the two victims did. According to neighbors, they were harassing the suspect to join.

"The week before that you know things did happen, and they come over here and bothered him," said John Moreau, one of the suspect's neighbors. "They want him to join their gang, Lameiro and Lameiro didn't want to do it. Lameiro ran them away."

As Judge Ruth Reukauf handed down the sentence, she urged the victims families to become more vigilant and help their sons, daughters, brothers and sisters end gang ties before they suffer more heartache.

"It's always come out on either again family members coming forward with pictures of their loved ones that are no longer with us, or family members who are losing a loved one to the prison system for many, many years," said Judge Reukauf.

Flores did plead guilty last week to two counts of first degree murder as part of a plea deal. As part of that deal, prosecutors dropped an attempted murder charge and weapon enhancement charge.

Flores will spend the next 40 years behind bars.