An Arizona man was sentenced to 58 years in prison just two months after a jury found him guilty of killing his wife and roommate in 2020.
On May 18, 2020, Estevanico Palmares, now 40, shot and killed his wife, 30-year-old Christina Palmares, and a 35-year-old man.
At about 3:15 p.m. that day, officers went to the residence to conduct a welfare check, after being alerted to gunshots being heard earlier in the day.
When the officers arrived, they found both victims, who were pronounced dead at the scene.
Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell’s office said in a press release on Monday that Palmares and his wife had a documented history of domestic violence, which was presented in court.
Two days before the victims were killed, Christina purchased a handgun, which was the same weapon used to murder her.
A jury found Palmares guilty of second-degree murder about two months ago, and a judge sentenced him to 58 years in prison.
At the time of the killings, Palmares was prohibited from having a handgun. As a result, the judge handed down a concurrent sentence for one count of misconduct involving weapons.
“This case is an example of the harm that comes to a family and a community when a prohibited possessor with a violent history gains access to a firearm,” Mitchell said. “This person will serve the maximum prison sentence, so he is unable to hurt someone else.”