Guevara sentenced for role in double murder

Posted at 11:58 AM, Dec 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-02 18:15:38-05

She helped her boyfriend dump his mother's dead body by Lauritzen Gardens and did nothing as he threw his half brother into the Elkhorn River.  Gabriela Guevara is punished for her role in the crimes on Friday in Douglas Co. District Court.

Guevara, 25, was sentenced to 6 to 14 years for accessory to the murder of Ismenia Marinero in May of 2015.  She was caught on surveillance helping her boyfriend Roberto Martinez-Marinero dump his mother's body.  Prosecutor say she then dropped her children off at her parents house, and sat by while Roberto put his half brother Angel in a La Vista Dumpster and threw his 4-year-old half brother Josue into the Elkhorn River.  His body was found days later.

With good time, Guevara will be eligible for parole in 3 years and be out in 7 years.

In February, a judge sentenced Martinez-Marinero to two life terms after pleading guilty to the killings.

"She gets three years for helping kill a mother and a son?  Like I said she had the chance to save Josue and she didn't do it so what makes us think that she has remorse.  What makes us think she's not going to come back in 3 years? It's not fair for Angel, it's not fair for our family, it's not fair for anybody," said Ismenia's niece, Veronica Rosa.

Prosecutors are disappointed and asked for the maximum because Guevara also lied to police multiple times, never took responsibility, and was a big part of the crime.

“Gabriella has been pawning items from the woman's house, Roberto's mother the victim, and to act like she just came into this and was a victim herself is just kind of pathetic,” Douglas Co. Deputy Attorney Brenda Beadle explained.

Her defense said she was in an abusive relationship, and had mental health issues from being kidnapped and raped in Mexico years ago.

"Given a diagnosis of PTSD and Major Depressive Disorder, she reacted differently than we think we would have and it's impossible to say how one of us without such diagnosis would've reacted in this kind of case," said Guevara’s defense attorney Mallory Hughes.

Guevara will get credit for 574 days served so she has less than 1 ½ years before she's eligible for parole and be released from prison in 5 ½ years.

She will likely be deported back to Mexico after she is released.