Johnathan Alcegaire stood still as Judge Jalal Harb handed down three death sentences for each of the lives he claimed.
Alcegaire was convicted on Sept. 27, 2018, of three counts of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, burglary of a dwelling with an assault or battery while armed with a firearm, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence, and armed robbery.
He was one of three men who traveled to Lakeland for a drug-related home-invasion robbery and murdered 24-year-old David Washington, 31-year-old Stacy Branch, and 23-year-old Angelica Castro.
The same jurors who convicted Alcegaire in September then recommended that he should be sentenced to death. Judge Harb imposed those three death sentences Friday morning, along with the maximum amount for Alcegaire’s additional convictions.
Alcegaire is the second defendant in the Tenth Circuit to be sentenced to death under the new death penalty law, which requires jurors to have a unanimous vote instead of majority.
Former Assistant State Attorney Hope Pattey and ASA Mark
Levine prosecuted both the trial phase and penalty phase of this case.
State Attorney Brian Haas said Friday that he is
pleased with the outcome and that he is thankful for the hard work put in to
the Alcegaire case by both Pattey and Levine.