MASON CITY — Nearly two years after Isidoro Erreguin was murdered in his North Adams Avenue home, the final two defendants charged in connection with the crime were sentenced Friday.
Erreguin’s body was found in his home at 1504 N. Adams Ave. in Mason City on Aug. 24, 2008.
The man who allegedly supplied the gun used to commit the murder, Andre Morrell Wells Jr., 20, Mason City, was sentenced to a total of up to 30 years in prison.
Co-defendant Jamie McFarland, 18, also of Mason City, who allegedly drove the getaway car, received a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.
“I chose to do wrong that night. I have learned a difficult lesson,” McFarland told Judge John Mackey.
McFarland’s mother, Wendy, wiped away tears as the judge handed down the sentence. Other family members and friends gathered in the courtroom weptly openly.
As McFarland was led away after the hearing, someone in the crowd said loudly, “Love you, Jamie.” Another said, “Hang in there, Jamie.”
McFarland agreed to plead guilty to a charge of first-degree burglary in exchange for prosecutors dropping the first-degree murder charge.
He accepted the plea agreement in exchange for his testimony against the other co-defendant in the case, Damion Seats. Seats was found guilty in August of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary and is serving a life sentence.
McFarland’s attorney Richard Piscopo said McFarland may serve three to five years in prison because he has no prior criminal record and is just 18 years old.
“Jamie will ultimately be out of prison. He won’t be there for the rest of his life. This is a good kid who made a bad decision. When he finally does get out of prison, he is going to have so much life ahead of him to live and to teach others and to learn from this,” Piscopo said.
Wells declined to address the court during his sentencing hearing.
The brother of the victim, Avelio Cervantes Erreguin, was in the courtroom for both hearings but also declined to speak.
Wells agreed to plead guilty in March to charges of involuntary manslaughter and robbery in the first degree as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
He received a sentence of up to five years on the involuntary manslaughter charge and up to 25 years on the robbery charge.
Prosecutors said he will likely serve at least 18 to 20 years of the 30-year sentence.
Mackey ordered that the sentences run consecutively.
Assistant Cerro Gordo County Attorney Carlyle Dalen said he is pleased with the way the case ended.
“We all felt that Damion Seats was dangerous and needed to be put away. We went after him strong,” Dalen said.
“As far as Mr. Wells is concerned, we think there is a possibility for rehabilitation.”
Wells smiled towards family members sitting in the first row of the courtroom. He could be seen mouthing the words, “I’m going to call you,” towards one person in the group.
“I don’t think he’s a bad young man,” Dalen said of McFarland. “He was just involved in something that ended up pretty terrible,” Dalen said. “He did drive them over there. And he did have some information about what was going to happen. We thought he was the least culpable.”
Wells and McFarland escaped life sentences by not facing charges of first-degree murder. A conviction on a charge of first-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
All three suspects were also ordered by Judge Mackey to pay the victim’s heirs $150,000 in restitution.
Wells and McFarland will be taken to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale as soon as transportation can be arranged.