Crime

Two are sentenced for roles in Independence triple homicide

Antonio Cervantes III was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Carlos Zambrano Jr. was sentenced to five years in prison. They were among 11 defendants prosecuted for the November 2012 crime in the 1500 block of South Pope Street.
Antonio Cervantes III was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Carlos Zambrano Jr. was sentenced to five years in prison. They were among 11 defendants prosecuted for the November 2012 crime in the 1500 block of South Pope Street. jvillegas@sacbee.com

Federal prison sentences were handed down Thursday for two men involved in a 2012 Independence home invasion robbery that left three people dead.

Antonio Cervantes III, 34, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Kansas City to 10 years in federal prison.

Another defendant, Carlos Zambrano Jr., 29, was sentenced to five years in prison.

They were among 11 defendants prosecuted for the November 2012 crime in the 1500 block of South Pope Street.

Maria Guadalupe Hernandez-Corona; her boyfriend, Martin “Tomas” Dominguez-Gregorio; and her son, Antonio Hernandez, were shot to death when robbers forced their way into their house with the intent to steal drugs and money. Maria Hernandez’s 12-year-old son was wounded when he tried to shield his mother from gunfire.

In his plea agreement, Cervantes admitted that he and other defendants met the night before the killings and planned to rob the occupants of the home, where they believed there was a large amount of methamphetamine and cash.

Cervantes accompanied the robbers to the house the next morning but left before the killings, according to his plea agreement.

In his plea agreement, Zambrano admitted to taking part in the conspiracy and driving some of the robbers to the house. He also provided a gun used in the killings.

One of the killers, Raul Soto, 24, was sentenced last year to 27 years in prison. Sentencing for Kevin M. Finley, 36, who admitted taking part in the robbery and killings, is pending.

Two others with lesser roles in the conspiracy were sentenced Wednesday.

Martin Medrano, 24, was sentenced to two years in prison for disposing of one of the guns used in the killing by throwing it into the Kansas River.

Paula Deardorff, 33, was sentenced to 17 months. She helped Finley get rid of the clothing he wore during the crime and some of the property taken in the robbery, according to her plea agreement.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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