Anthony Gillen was sent behind bars for his involvement in the murder in 2019
YUMA, Ariz., (KYMA, KECY) – After a brief sentencing delay, 32-year-old Anthony Guillen is headed to the Arizona Department of Corrections to spend more than 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty to murdering a Yuma man. three years ago.
Guillen appeared before Yuma County Superior Court Judge Roger Nelson Thursday morning, where he learned his prison term.
Guillen was scheduled for a jury trial in September to face first-degree murder, along with several other charges, including armed robbery.
But at the 11th hour, Guillen decided to accept the state’s plea offer and plead guilty to an amended count of second-degree murder, which also dropped five other charges.
In pleading guilty, Gillen agreed to accept a lesser sentence than if he had been convicted at trial. However, the Yuma man will serve more than 20 years in prison with credit for the previous 771 days served.
Guillen, along with Gabriel Aragon, were arrested and charged in August 2020 in connection with the March 2019 murder of Manuel Gonzalez-Bravo, who was found with multiple gunshot wounds inside a car at a Chevron gas station in Yuma.
It took a year, but a police investigation led to the arrest of Guillen and Aragon.
Another suspect, Gabriel Aragon, has yet to accept a plea offer from the state — but a plea conference was scheduled for later this month in court Thursday to discuss the possibility.
Prosecutors argued that Aragon’s defense had already said they would not take the offer, but Aragon’s attorney denied that claim.