TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Michael Keetley, a former ice cream truck driver accused of killing brothers Juan and Sergio Guitron and wounding four others on Thanksgiving Day in 2010, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Friday.
Prosecutors said Keetley wanted revenge after he was robbed and shot while working as an ice cream man about a year before the murders, and targeted the victims by mistake.
He shot and killed brothers Juan and Sergio Guitron, better known as “Magic” and “Spider,” at their home on Ocean Mist Court in Ruskin. Four other men were wounded but survived.
“He started shooting them one by one by one,” Assistant State Attorney Michelle Doherty told jurors during closing arguments. “They were unarmed, they did what he wanted and he shot them anyway.”
Keetley was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and four counts of attempted murder.
Judge Christopher Sabella said it was Hillsborough County’s longest running murder trial. A previous trial ended in a hung jury. Then one of Keetley’s defense attorney’s became a judge, another attorney passed away and a new defense team had to take over the case. The pandemic further delayed the proceedings.
In March, a jury found Keetley guilty on all counts.
On Friday, his defense argued the verdict should be thrown out, and Keetley should be granted a new trial.
Sabella dismissed the motions and sentenced Keetley to six life terms in prison.
Before the ruling, Sabella listened to Paz Quezada, the mother of the two victims.
“You took half my life away. You tore my heart without my children. You destroyed my heart without my children,” Quezada told Keetley through an interpreter. ” I hope you never get out and I hope you always carry this in your conscious.”
The judge told Keetley that in the state of Florida, life means life with no chance of parole.
Keetley’s attorney’s say they will appeal the decision.