SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A man who killed three people in Springfield in 2018 was sentenced to life in prison on January 6, 2023.
Luis Perez was sentenced to three life sentences without the possibility of parole and two life sentences with the possibility of parole. The sentences will run consecutively.
Perez was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of assault on Oct. 26, 2022.
Perez was charged with shooting and killing his ex-roommates Aaron ‘Joshua’ Hampton’ and Steven Marler in 2018. The next day, police said he killed Sabrina Starr, the woman who gave him the gun he used in the other killings.
“He will never see another day in civilian clothes,” Hampton’s mom Deborah Elkins said. “And that for us is a victory.”
Family members of the victims sat in the court room for two hours as the defense argued Perez did not deserve the maximum sentence. The defense brought in a psychologist to evaluate how Perez’ up bringing could have impacted his actions.
“[Perez] chose to make the decision he made and take those people out for no good reason,” Elkins said. “poverty is not a reason to kill three people like that, especially overkilled and defenseless.”
Judge Thomas Mountjoy presided over the case. After hearing the defenses arguments, Mountjoy ultimately said Perez needed to face consequences, and that he robbed the victims of living their lives.
“I think if there’s any justice in this world, Josh, Sabrina and Steven had a front row seat to this today,” Elkins said. “When they convicted him and they gave him those sentences to life. I bet you all three of them just roared with laughter and laid back. Today is the day that we can finally mourn our children.”
A co-defendant in the case, Aaron Anderson, will have a plea hearing on January 24. Anderson is charged with three counts of Accessory to 1st-degree murder, along with assault charges.
Perez’ girlfriend has Dalia Garcia has a case management conference on March 3. She is charged with tampering with evidence for “burning clothing and destroying blood evidence related to at least one of the homicides.”