Man sentenced to life for killing public defender

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PHOENIX - Man sentenced to first degree murder in the shooting death of a public defender has been sentenced.

County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced Christopher Michael Alonso was sentenced to 79.5 years.

Alonso was found guilty for the first degree murder of Public Defender Justin Blair.

The trial revealed that Alonso fired at a vehicle during a road rage incident in Phoenix in 2004. Blair was not involved in the incident, but riding in a third vehicle when he was hit by a stray bullet.

Alonso later bragged about the shooting.

Alonso had fled to Mexico before Mexican officials captured him and turned him over to Glendale Police.

Back in May a jury found the defendant guilty of first degree murder.

Thomas stated, “We appreciate the judge’s sentence and the fine work of the police and
our prosecutor.”