Man pleads guilty to 2012 murder of Hyde Park man

By Janine Eduljee, Ben Thompson, and Gail Waterhouse

One of the men accused of robbing and killing a Hyde Park man in 2012 has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the crime.

On Dec. 15, 2012, Luis Diaz, 31, robbed and then shot 42-year-old Orlando Guerrero, a Hyde Park man who was originally from the Dominican Republic.

Orlando Guerrero

Orlando Guerrero

Based on information from a tip, police arrested Diaz and Jose Carrasqiullo. Carrasquillo reportedly told police about their plan to rob Guerrero.

Diaz, who was charged with first-degree murder in Guerrero’s death, had his charge lowered to manslaughter after an agreement between his legal team and the prosecution.

Diaz also pleaded guilty to concurrent counts of armed robbery, possession of a firearm without a license, and possession of ammunition without a license.

Before Judge Jeffrey Locke accepted Diaz’s guilty plea, he communicated with Diaz through an interpreter to determine his understanding of the change.

Locke then sentenced Diaz to 15 to 17 years in state prison for the manslaughter charge, five years in prison for armed robbery, and four to five years in prison and probation time for the firearms charges.

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