Christino Rosario, 18, sentenced for murder of West St. Paul man

Christino Andres Rosario

Malik Jamal Alize Farmer

Co-conspirator, also 18, makes guilty plea

Christino Andres Rosario, 18, of St. Paul was sentenced on Thursday, June 19 to 10 1/2 years in prison for committing second-degree murder. Rosario and two others, were found guilty for killing 31-year-old Luis David Reyes-Galvan.

Malik Jamal Alize Farmer, 18, of St. Paul pleaded guilty to second-degree murder the same day, and was also sentenced to 10 1/2 years in prison.

Donovan Michael Diego, 19, previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the case on April 9 and was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Reyes-Galvan was killed outside his West St. Paul home on Jan. 11, 2013.

The three co-conspirators had reportedly intended to rob Reyes-Galvan, thinking he was connected to some kind of cartel. The group theorized the man must have stockpiles of drugs and cash at home.

When Galvan arrived home, the three attacked him, ultimately killing him while his 10-year-old daughter and 12-year-old nephew were in close proximity.

"This was another example of senseless gun violence which claimed a life," Dakota County attorney James Backstrom said of the incident. "We are pleased to have held all three co-conspirators accountable for this violent crime. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the victim's family and friends for their great loss."

-- Patrick Larkin

Read South-West Review Article from September 30, 2013:  Prosecutors charge 3 men in WSP murder



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