Fresno, California 2021-09-17 14:13:55 –
On July 13, a jury pleaded guilty to a second murder for Shepherd’s stab at Alvarez.
The sentence is more than 16 years after the crime and seven years after Shepherd was arrested.
Alvarez was reported missing by a neighbor in central Fresno.
When police searched his house, they found Alvarez’s body disassembled, stabbed, naked, and wrapped in a duvet mattress.
One of the first murder detectives interviewed in 2005 was Joseph Shepherd.
However, the case cooled for nine years before Shepherd went to jail for another crime.
Analysts discovered Shepherd’s DNA in nail shavings from Alvarez.
During the interrogation, Shepherd admitted that he was responsible for Alvarez’s death.
Shepherd’s defense lawyer, Curtis Sok, said his relatives had repeatedly sexually assaulted him as a child. He was diagnosed with PTSD in 2017.
Sok said the shepherd was triggered when Alvarez made an undesired step forward on the day of the murder. Shepherd acted for fear of his life, so he says it wasn’t a first-class murder that stabbed Alvarez.
If Shepherd had been charged with first-class murder, life imprisonment could be 51 years.
Instead, the jury admitted that he was found guilty of a second murder on less charges, which led to today’s 31-year life imprisonment.
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