Alabama man gets 2 life sentences in 2017 killing of his parents

Published 6:42 am Thursday, January 21, 2021

An Alabama man has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for the murder of his mother and father.

According to a release, on March 16, 2020, Leo Santiago Chavez was convicted of three counts of capital murder for the deaths of Adalberta Chavez Ruis and Ricardo Santiago Gonzalez. Chavez was also convicted of theft of property and two counts of abuse of a corpse.

During the sentencing hearing, prosecutors asked the court to sentence Leo Santiago Chavez to life without the possibility of parole. Chavez was not eligible to receive the death penalty due to his age at the time of the offense.

Just before the sentence was pronounced, Leo Santiago Chavez apologized to family members who were present in the courtroom and asked for their forgiveness.

Several members of the family of Adalberta Chavez Ruis and Ricardo Santiago Gonzalez were present in the courtroom when the sentence was imposed.

Chavez was also sentenced to ten years each for theft of property and abuse of a corpse.