Alexis Candelario-Santana, 42, was sentenced today to life in prison for murdering eight people and an unborn child and attempting to murder 19 others during a mass shooting at a Puerto Rico nightclub in 2009.
Candelario-Santana and his co-defendant David Oquendo-Rivas were convicted by a federal jury on March 8, 2013. Candelario-Santana was convicted of 28 counts of committing violent crimes in aid of racketeering activity, one count of racketeering conspiracy, nine counts of using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and one count of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Oquendo-Rivas was convicted of 28 counts of committing violent crimes in aid of racketeering activity and nine counts of using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. These offenses occurred on Oct. 17, 2009, in what became known as the “La Tómbola Massacre.”