LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - After pleading guilty to murder, 20-year-old Edgar Vieyra was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, for his role in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend's father, Librado Romero, two years ago.
Police say Vieyra broke into his ex-girlfriend's Lexington home with the intention of killing her father, but Vieyra's defense attorney says otherwise
"It was his hope that they could reconcile and that she and Edgar and the children could leave and Romero wouldn't allow that to happen," said Tom Griffiths, Vieyra's attorney.
Police say Vierya fired multiple shots, hitting Mr. Romero several times and his wife three times. Police say he even pistol whipped their oldest daughter. Mr. Romero died several days later at UK Hospital.
"I spoke to Edgar after the sentencing and he said he was disappointed in the sentence," Griffiths says "And he is sorry and expressed that for the pain that he caused Nallely and her family."
Vieyra will not be eligible for parole for the next 25 years.
The judge also ordered Vieyra to pay more than $6,000 in restitution.