Bravo Trial Day 10: Pedro Bravo Guilty On All Counts
Published August 16th, 2014
GAINESVILLE - He's guilty on all charges. The two week long trial of Pedro Bravo ended. Justice was placed in the hands of 12 jurors. 8 women and 4 men found Bravo guilty of strangling and disposing the body of his high school friend Christian Aguilar, two years ago. It took jurors three hours and 15 minutes to come up with the decision.
After sentencing Pedro Bravo to life without parole. Judge James Colaw told Bravo--You took his present and his future... You took it all from him when you took his life." The healing process begins for one family and the tragedy begins for another.
There were tears, hugs and a lot of emotion in the courthouse tonight after the verdict was delivered. During a family press conference Christian Aguilar's father, mother and brother shared their thoughts. The family says they're not ready to forgive. Especially after Bravo did not admit his guilt.
Claudia Aguilar the mother of Christian Aguilar said, "There's no room in my heart for hate it revenge. So the justice will be in your hands. Thank you to gainesville for supporting my family."
The charges Bravo was found guilty of were, premeditated first degree murder, false imprisonment, poisoning, destroying evidence, making false reports to law enforcement, obstructing criminal investigations, and mishandling a dead body. Bravo begs to differ though. He was given one last chance to speak in which he denied being guilty.
Pedro Bravo said, "I know in my heart that I did not do anything to hurt my friend to put him beyond that point that caused him to die. It doesn't matter what you say, it doesn't matter what anybody else says i know in my heart what I did and I know god knows what I did."
Carlos Aguilar says that till this day he sees bravo as a threat to his family. And this is why Carlos asked the judge for Bravo never to contact them or Erika Friman-- the young woman who dated both Bravo and Aguilar. The judge granted that request.
The prosecution did not ask for the death penalty, something the Aguilars weren't happy with at first but say they have come to accept and understand.
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