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Man guilty in killing of Lodi High grad may face life sentence

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Posted: Friday, March 5, 2010 12:00 am

Jurors on Thursday convicted a Stockton man of first-degree murder for the death of Lodi High School graduate Diego Chavira.

Gabriel Olivarez, 29, was also found guilty of attempted murder for the injuries to Chavira's brother, as well as firearm charges. Due to the severity of the charges and previous felony convictions, including a strike, Olivarez will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

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8 comments:

  • posted at 5:49 pm on Sat, Mar 6, 2010.

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    Whoa Nellie!: I agree.lodistudent209: So you think that those that have left no doubt of their guilt be spared and allowed to live a long life? And the expense for these criminals goes farther than just the financial expense.

     
  • posted at 1:12 pm on Sat, Mar 6, 2010.

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    The death penalty costs more per inmate than life in prison (the mandatory appeals process is more expensive than housing someone in jail) & there is no good data to support the idea that it deters murder. Also, there are a considerable amount of people who are wrongfully convicted. The finality of the death penalty robs them and us of any chance to realize the error and set them free.

     
  • posted at 11:19 am on Fri, Mar 5, 2010.

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    JR- gimmie a break. that scum killed someone. letting him rot in prison is way too kind.Bring back the DEATH PENALTY for all murder convictions!If the scum knows the consequences maybe they'll think twice before pulling the trigger... maybe.And just think of all the money taxpayers would be saved. Less prisoners, fewer prisons, etc etc...

     
  • posted at 6:43 am on Fri, Mar 5, 2010.

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    Now that Olivarez is going to spend the rest of his life in prison, when he gets there, it will be like family reunion, no strangers there.

     
  • posted at 5:27 am on Fri, Mar 5, 2010.

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    I hope jramagic is only referring to the criminal who ruthlessly murdered an innocent human being.

     
  • posted at 2:50 am on Fri, Mar 5, 2010.

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    What a bunch of savages. Enter civilization, please

     
  • posted at 1:31 am on Fri, Mar 5, 2010.

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    it is nice to see someone charged, but it still doesn't make it any easier. Diego was an awesome kid from as far back as I can remember. I (and probably everyone who knew him) still cant believe what happened. Hope Olivarez rots for this. RIP Diego.

     
  • posted at 1:23 am on Fri, Mar 5, 2010.

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    Thank God. Now the Chaviras and all who knew and loved Diego can have peace in their hearts. R.I.P. Diego.

     
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