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Philadelphia Man Gets Life Sentence For Firing Into Carload of Teens, Killing 3

(Photo from Phila. PD)

(Photo from Phila. PD)

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By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A jury failed to reach a unanimous decision in the death penalty case of a Juniata Park man who was convicted of killing three teenagers last year, so the judge handed down the sentence.

The judge sentenced Axel Barreto to three consecutive life sentences for the murder of three teens last year behind his Juniata Park home. Baretto opened fire on a car full of seven teens, killing three and wounding another. It’s alleged the teens were there to fight Baretto’s stepson.

Among those killed was 14-year-old Joshua Soto. His mother Linda Ortega was in court wearing a shirt with pictures of her son on it.

Linda Ortega showing a shirt with her son's pictures on it. Joshua Soto, 14, was killed in the shooting. (credit: John McDevitt/KYW)

Linda Ortega showing a shirt with her son’s pictures on it. Joshua Soto, 14, was killed in the shooting. (credit: John McDevitt/KYW)

(McDevitt:) Do you think justice was served?

“Yes I do. I do. I think he is better off living with what he did. I do,” Ortega said. “He needs to suffer where he is at for the rest of his life. He didn’t get the death penalty because he needs to suffer where he is at.”

During the trial the defense argued that Barreto was trying to protect himself and his frightened family when he opened fire on the car with the teens inside.

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