ALLENTOWN, Pa. – “A chilly-hearted… dangerous particular person.”
That is how Decide Robert Steinberg described 24-year-old Edward Rosario-Jimenez Thursday morning earlier than sentencing him to greater than 4 many years in jail. Rosario-Jimenez pleaded responsible to taking pictures and killing two individuals exterior the Walmart in Whitehall Township in February of 2021.
The victims have been Nicolette Legislation and her boyfriend Jonathan Martinez. Each of their moms have been at Thursday’s sentencing, with Legislation’s mom Natalie attending nearly. She spoke on to Rosario-Jimenez, saying “I hope you rot in jail, and in case you get out I’ll kill you myself.”
On February 26, 2021, Rosario-Jiminez was within the Walmart car parking zone along with his girlfriend Victoria Grimsley to select up Grimsley’s youngster from Martinez, the daddy and her earlier boyfriend. Based on prosecutors, Martinez arrived along with his new girlfriend Nicolette Legislation, however after an argument, Rosario Jiminez pulled out a 25-caliber handgun and shot Legislation and Martinez to demise.
Rosario-Jiminez pleaded responsible to eight fees, together with third-degree homicide. Earlier than sentencing, Rosario-Jimenez selected to not say something to the victims’ households, one thing Decide Steinberg stated confirmed “no regret.”
“I want he would have stated one thing, that is all. Not less than out of respect, however just like the decide stated, he does not haven’t any morals,” stated Liza Marie Perez, the mom of Jonathan Martinez.
Perez stated, regardless of being younger, her son left a household behind him.
“He was solely 19 when he turned a father, and he was the perfect. He was the perfect father ever, the perfect child,” stated Perez.
Decide Steinberg accepted the plea deal and sentenced Rosario-Jimenez to between 45 and 100 years in jail for his crimes, saying “You belong within the darkest place the state jail system can put you in.”
“I agree with the decide, he appeared chilly hearted, however I simply want that God can have mercy on his soul,” stated Perez.
The DA’s workplace stated it seems like this deal was the perfect consequence that does not pressure the households to undergo the ache of a trial.
We requested Perez what’s going to occur to her son’s youngster with him gone. She stated they do not know but, and that is nonetheless being labored out.