Jorge Orozco will find out in March how long he will go to prison for the brutal shooting deaths of his girlfriend, Rebecca Ramirez, and two of her children more than a decade ago.
Orozco, who spent time on the FBIs Most Wanted list and avoided arrest for seven years by hiding in Mexico, was supposed to be sentenced Monday by 4th District Judge Timothy Hansen on three counts of first degree murder.
Orozcos attorneys wanted more time to work on the case and asked for a delay, which was granted. Hansen is now set to sentence Orozco on March 11 in Mountain Home.
The 36-year-old Orozco may have been able to avoid arrest for most of the 2000s but it only took an Elmore County jury about eight hours split over two days to find Orozco guilty of first-degree murder in November following a two week jury trial late last fall.
Elmore County Prosecutor Kristina Schindele agreed not to pursue the death penalty against Orozco as part of a deal to get him extradited from Mexico late last decade, but Orozco could be sent to prison for the rest of his life.
Two fishermen found the burned remains of Orozcos car in the desert south of Mountain Home on Aug. 11, 2002. Inside were the three bodies. Enough of the license plate was left to identify the owner of the car as Orozco.
Days later, the bodies were identified and Orozco was charged, but he had already left Idaho and likely the United States for Mexico.
The FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and Mexican police captured Orozco in Mexico in October 2009. Deputies brought Orozco back to Idaho a year later, and he has been in custody since then.
Elmore County prosecutors say Orozco killed Ramirez and her two young boys because she found out he was married and was going to leave him for another man. Prosecutor also told the jury last fall the Orozco suspected Ramirez of stealing some methamphetamine and money form him.
Orozcos attorney told the jury a different story, that Orozco left the U.S. because he was in the county illegally, not because he killed Ramirez. Orozco says that his car was shot at by someone else, who also likely killed Ramirez and her children after he ran away from the car.
Jurors ultimately agreed with prosecutors.