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Judge 'Sickened' by Columbus Craigslist Criminal

COLUMBUS -- A convicted man promised critical evidence in a Craigslist robbery scheme Wednesday at the Franklin County Courtroom.

Jonathan Flores-Oquendo is to spend 20 years in prison for his role in Brandon Leonard's death in May of 2012.

Leonard was shot and killed at his West Columbus home. Witnesses told ABC 6/FOX 28 that they saw four men running out of the house with machine guns and wearing bullet-proof vests.

Flores-Oquendo was identified as one of those men.

He apologized in court.

"I want to tell you that I am very sorry for my acts and actions. That I -- I just followed," he said.

Flores-Oquendo has a history of being an accomplice to armed crimes.

Last week, he was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison for his role in two Craigslist robberies involving cars.

In one case, a Columbus father and son had sold a car to Flores-Oquendo and an accomplice at a shopping center in Northwest Columbus. Two other people followed the men home and robbed them at gunpoint.   

During Wednesday's proceedings, Common Pleas Judge Tim Horton told Flores-Oquendo he was disgusted.

"Just downright sickening to constantly find young men who are engaged in these stupid actions -- gangs, associations and so forth," he said.

Flores-Oquendo signed a plea as an interpreter stood by his side.

He will have to testify against the other three accomplices as part of the deal.
 
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