Man who shot 3 people at Glendale’s Westgate sentenced to 44 years in prison
GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — The man who shot three people at Glendale’s Westgate Entertainment District two years ago has been sentenced to 44 years in prison and 7 years of supervised probation.
On May 20, 2020, then 20-year-old Armando Hernandez drove to Westgate, located near 95th and Glendale Avenues, and walked into the district with a rifle and three magazines. He shot a 30-year-old woman, a 19-year-old man, and a 16-year-old girl before his gun jammed.
Hernandez had posted a video of himself on social media before and during the shooting claiming responsibility and surrendered as soon as police arrived. Had the gun not jammed, investigators believe he would have kept on shooting. Police said at the time that Hernandez was planning on shooting at least 10 people because he was bullied and wanted respect.
All three victims survived their injuries. Soon after, he was indicted on 40 felony charges but most were dropped this past May as part of a deal when Hernandez pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. On Friday, Hernandez, now 22, was sentenced after victim impact statements were read in court. It was the maximum sentence allowed under the plea deal.
Destiny Bain was 16 years old when she was shot in the leg by Hernandez. “They should have never let him buy a gun or bring the gun into his home, so this evil man could come and hurt my family,” Bain’s mother, Kathie, said in court.
Kathie added the shooting has changed Destiny’s life completely. “He ruined her chance to become a nurse because she can’t stand on her legs anymore,” she said. “We put her through trauma therapy and physical therapy. The doctors told us she has PTSD. She stopped going out. She stopped getting dressed up.”
Alfredo Jaime, who was 19 years old at the time, was also among the three hurt that day. His mother, Maggie, says Alfredo was shot in the chest. “My son used to always smile and now he doesn’t smile anymore and he’s always looking over his back,” she said.
Maggie then spoke directly to Hernandez about how the shooting affected the family. “You [Hernandez] changed our lives forever and even though my son didn’t die, we lost him. We lost someone who was loving and caring, and for you to come do that to our lives, it wasn’t fair,” she said.
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