A Burbank man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for knocking on the door of a Pasco home in 2013 and shooting the person who answered.
The sentence for Juan Carlos Aranda-Sarabia, 30, was on the low end of a state sentencing range. Superior Court Judge Bruce Spanner could have put him behind bars for up to 25 years.
Prosecutors recommended the lesser sentence. Aranda-Sarabia has no known prior convictions and has been a model inmate in jail, said Franklin County Deputy Prosecutor Brian Hultgrenn.
“We think that’s a substantial sentence, especially since five years of it is going to be for firearm enhancement, hard time,” Hultgrenn told the judge.
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The lack of an established motive in the case also factored into the lesser sentence, Spanner said.
“We’re left to speculate on that,” he said.
Aranda-Sarabia was convicted last month of first-degree attempted murder and assault. He went to an apartment complex on North Oregon Avenue in February 2013, knocked on a door and asked for someone who didn’t live in the apartment, according to police and court documents.
Alfredo Leyva closed the front door to his home, but answered again after a second knock. That is when Aranda-Sarabia pointed a shotgun at Leyva and shot him in the stomach, documents said.
A neighbor told police she saw Aranda-Sarabia with the shotgun in front of the apartment and heard a loud boom, documents said.
Leyva testified during Aranda-Sarabia’s trial that he spent four months in intensive care in the hospital, then eight months in respite care, undergoing a number of surgeries, Spanner said.
Aranda-Sarabia’s attorney, Craig Stilwill, filed an appeal notice on his behalf, saying Aranda-Sarabia maintains his innocence.
Aranda-Sarabia was accepting of the sentence when offered the chance to speak.
“Whatever decision you make will be the right one,” he told Spanner through an interpreter.