Man gets prison in beating death of teenage boxer

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PHOENIX -- One of two men accused in the beating death of a teenage boxer in Phoenix has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Robert Chavez, 23, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder last month.

Chavez and Joseph Jesse Corrales, 24, were arrested in the September 2013 beating death of 17-year-old Alexis Urbina-Ochoa, who was found unconscious and covered in blood in his family's South Phoenix home. He died two days later.

"It really doesn't change the fact that my brother's gone and he won't be coming back, but it's a good feeling to know that he's behind bars and he won't be hurting other people and it's a step closer to getting over this," said Urbina-Ochoa's sister, Sulem Urbina.

Investigators said they were tipped off that Chavez and Corrales were selling items stolen from Urbina-Ochoa's home.

Chavez and Corrales originally were charged with first-degree murder, second-degree burglary and trafficking in stolen property.

Corrales also pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last month and awaits sentencing.

"Having to go through it all over again with Joseph Corrales is going to be terrible because today we were very emotional," Urbina said. "We've been emotional knowing that this is coming up and now that Robert Chavez is over we still have one more left."

Urbina-Ochoa won a USA Youth Boxing National title in 2013. His sister, who is also a championship boxer, said they had hoped to become the first brother-sister duo for boxing at the 2016 Rio Olympics with her representing Mexico and him representing Team USA. She said she "decided to keep going for him and make him proud."