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Man sentenced to 40 years for killing ex-girlfriend’s mother in Phoenix

Jorge Acosta (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX – A man who pleaded guilty to a shooting in Phoenix that wounded his ex-girlfriend and killed her mother has been sentenced to 40 years in prison, authorities announced Monday.

Jorge Acosta, 46, was recently sentenced after pleading guilty to second-degree murder, burglary and two charges of aggravated assault, according to a Maricopa County Attorney’s Office press release.

“The defendant’s murder of Maria Castillo was senseless, and the sentence for the defendant’s reckless actions that night illustrates our resolve to hold him fully accountable, despite his attempts to hide and avoid taking responsibility,” Maricopa County Attorney Chief Deputy Rachel Mitchell said in the release.

Acosta’s ex-girlfriend had a protective order against him when he broke into her home while armed in the early hours of Aug. 2, 2017, the release said.

He tried to get her to leave with him but she locked herself into a room with her young son. Acosta fired through the door, striking her multiple times and causing serious injuries.

When her mother, Castillo, opened her bedroom door after the gunfire woke her up, Acosta fatally shot the 56-year-old woman.

Two children were home at the time and, while physically uninjured, witnessed their grandmother’s death.

Acosta fled to Mexico after the shooting, the release said. He was arrested a few weeks later when he tried to re-enter the U.S.

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