Victim's father calls it "a hollow victory"
The man who killed a young Taft couple and another man six years ago was sentenced to 75 years to life in prison, but not before the prosecutor and families of the victims had their say.
Rudolfo Negrete was called “a stone cold, cold-blooded murderer” by the Ventura County deputy district attorney who prosecuted the case.
Bob Jordan's son and daughter-law, Alex and Cynthia Jordan of Taft, were shot execution-style by Negrete on April 17, 2004 in a remote area near Camarillo.
“He took my past and my future from me,” the senior Jordan said at Negrete's sentencing.
He is a pastor at the New Life Community Church in Taft.
“I feel sorry for you,” Jordan said to Negrete. “I have to forgive you.”
The three 25-year-to life sentences is the maximum Negrete could have received under the agreement that led to his extradition from Mexico.
Mexican authorities refused to extradite him if he was going to face the death penalty or life without parole.
Bob Jordan said his son's killer won't be eligible for parole until the year 2082 when he is 101 years old.
Still, he called the sentencing a “hollow victory.”
Negrete was convicted of killing the Jordans the day after he murdered Daniel Campos of Oxnard.
Cynthia Jordan was pregnant with the couple's first child.
Her brother, Steve Schulz, called Negrete “low life of the Earth.”
“How and why could you kill innocent people like you did?” he asked Negrete.
Prosecutor Richard Simon said the murders were senseless crimes.
“This guy is evil. He is evil,” Simon said.