A defendant who was acquitted in a high-profile murder case was sentenced to prison for a related weapons conviction.
Max Montijo LaMadrid was sentenced to 7½ years in prison for firing a gun at a moving car in 2001.
LaMadrid was found guilty of the charge in September 2012. The incident stemmed from the shooting death of Tucson teenager Tanee Natividad, who was killed after a fight at a midtown fast-food restaurant.
LaMadrid was tried three times on a charge of first-degree murder for Natividad’s killing. The first two juries resulted in mistrials, and the final one found him not guilty of the crime.
LaMadrid, 37, had been involved in a fight that left a friend dead the night of the incident. Natividad, 16, was a bystander in the passenger seat of a car at the same restaurant when an errant bullet struck her in the head, killing her.
Witnesses at the trials testified they saw LaMadrid firing at a car leaving the scene. At the murder trials, however, prosecutors were unable to convince jurors that LaMadrid fired the fatal shot.
After the 2001 shooting, LaMadrid fled to Mexico, where he remained for nearly nine years.