Sentencing erupts into shouting match in Pima County Superior Court

2013-10-15T13:09:00Z Sentencing erupts into shouting match in Pima County Superior CourtPatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A sentencing hearing in Pima County Superior Court nearly spun out of control on Monday when a defendant’s wife tried to approach her husband in the jury box.

Pima County Sheriff’s deputies in Judge Howard Fell’s courtroom ordered the sobbing wife of convicted murderer Juan Carlos Gil to return to the gallery as the woman twice attempted to approach her husband.

Gil was convicted in August of killing Francisco Antonio Gastelo outside of a University of Arizona football game in 2011.

After deputies repelled the woman she continued to speak aloud during the reading of the sentence drawing comments from both the victim’s and defendant’s assembled family members.

The shouting and name calling continued after the hearing ended, with Gil’s family leveling obscenities at Gastelo’s family who responded with their own barrage of insults.

Sheriff’s deputies kept the two groups separated, making sure each left the courthouse separately.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or On Twitter @pm929.

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