A Salem man was sentenced to life in prison for the aggravated murder of two men and attempted aggravated murder of a woman outside of a Salem pool hall in 2017.
Marcelino Osorio-Jiminez, 36, admitted to waiting outside of Billares Rosito, a pool hall located at 1572 Lancaster Drive in Salem, for Hector Martinez-Arroyo, 26, Carlos Zepeda-Ponce, 50, and Maria Ordaz-Campos to leave the establishment on June 18, 2017.
When the trio left the pool hall about 11 p.m., Osorio-Jiminez shot Martinez-Arroyo multiple times as he approached his vehicle, then approached and shot Zepeda-Ponce multiple times.
He fired one shot at Ordaz-Campos when she ran back into the pool hall, but missed. She survived.
No motive for the killings was listed in court documents.
Osorio-Jiminez fled the scene and was soon arrested by Salem police officers.
Witnesses reported seeing a group of men arguing before the shots rang out. Brent McCarthy, who lives across the street from the pool hall, told the Statesman Journal following the shooting that he saw a bullet-riddled SUV and a small caliber gun lying in the parking lot.
Osorio-Jiminez has been in custody at the Marion County Jail since his arrest. Salem police detectives investigated the case.
He pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of aggravated murder with a firearm and one count of attempted aggravated murder.
The state agreed to impose a life sentence with a minimum incarceration of 55 years before he's eligible for parole in exchange for Osorio-Jiminez's guilty pleas on all counts, according to the Marion County District Attorney's Office.
Judge Sean Armstrong sentenced Osorio-Jiminez to life in prison with 30 years for the first count of aggravated murder, life in prison with 30 years on the second count of aggravated murder, and 25 of the 30 years consecutive to count one for a total sentence of life with a 55-year maximum. He was sentenced to 120 months concurrent to the other counts for the attempted murder charge.
The murder charges were considered to be "aggravated murder" because Osorio-Jiminez intentionally caused the death of more than one person in the same criminal episode, according to the Marion County District Attorney's Office.
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