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Luis Santiago-Nieves sentenced to 20-40 years

Published On: Jan 03 2014 03:59:27 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 03 2014 06:03:17 PM EST


Luis Santiago-Nieves of Allentown was sentenced Friday to a total of 20-40 years in prison for his participation in the death of another man. 

The sentence includes 20 to 40 years  for a third degree murder charge and  five to 10 years on a robbery charge, said Lehigh County Assistant District Attorney Steve Luksa. He added the sentences will run concurrently.

Santiago-Nieves pleaded guilty in November to holding down 39-year-old Edgardo Fuentes Rosado, as Jefran Canales Tapia allegedly shot Rosado several times.


The crime happened in February 2013 at the Wynnewood Apartments on Emmaus Avenue.

Police said  it was a drug-related robbery. According to court documents, footprints and a trail of blood in the snow led  police right to Santiago-Nieves, who lived at the nearby Riverbend Apartments.

Tapia, who also was captured, pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to commit robbery.  His sentencing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24 .