Man gets death penalty for deadly home invasion

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PHOENIX -- A man convicted of a deadly home invasion was sentenced to death.

A jury has sentenced Mike Peter Gallardo, 52, to death for the 2005 murder of Rudy Padilla, 20.

According to the Phoenix police probable cause statement, Gallardo broke into the victim's home in December 2005 to commit a burglary.

Padilla's parents had left for work earlier in the day and his father found him shot to death that afternoon.

According to facts revealed at trial, Gallardo tied the victim's hands and feet, placed a pillowcase over his head and then shot him in the head.

Following an extensive investigation, Phoenix police arrested Gallardo a year later.

Gallardo was found guilty of first-degree murder, burglary and kidnapping and on Tuesday, he was sentenced to death.