Francisco Amaro Sentenced For Randy Lahr Murder
by Sammy Edmonds
posted Jan 21 2014 4:15PM
A Marion man will spend the next 72-years in prison after pleading guilty to killing his neighbor in July of last year.
30-year old Francisco Amaro pleaded guilty to Murder and Probation Violation in connection with the killing of 28-year old Randy Lahr. Lahr was shot and killed after what police called a “neighborhood dispute” became violent.
Lahr reportedly confronted Amaro about alleged break-ins in the area of Nelson and Butler in Marion last July. Amaro then shot Lahr three times and left, but returned moments later to shoot Lahr two more times, killing him.
Grant County Superior Court Two Judge Dana Kenworthy accepted Amaro’s guilty plea and sentenced him to 85-years in jail with 15-years reduced to probation. She added two-years to the sentence for probation violation, since Amaro had pleaded guilty to another charge just two weeks before Lahr was killed.
Grant County Prosecutor Jim Luttrull Junior was happy that the case did not have to go to trial.
Amaro originally argued that he shot Lahr in self-defense. He instead chose to plead guilty to avoid going to trial.