Sentence handed down in Lehigh Valley murders

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - August 19, 2008

An eastern Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in state prison for his role in the deaths of two men shot during a cocaine heist almost five years ago.

Lehigh County Senior Judge Alan Black imposed the sentence Monday on 35-year-old Reinaldo Ortiz, of Bethlehem. He was one of four men charged in the October 2003 deaths of Bernardo Salcedo-Castaneda and Enrique Galvan Rosas in Allentown.

Ortiz pleaded guilty in June to third-degree murder. Prosecutors recommended the term, citing his cooperation.

In a statement read by his attorney, Ortiz said he "got caught up with the wrong crowd." He said he thinks about the killings every day and only wants to be home with his 11-year-old daughter.

Thirty-six-year-old Fernando Luis Rivera pleaded guilty in May to third-degree murder and was sentenced to 40 to 80 years. Two other men were sentenced to one- to two-year terms.


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