Brian Rodriguez-Sigala is behind bars for murdering Javier Rodriguez-Ramirez inside his home in Sparks, Nevada, after he reportedly refused to confess his sins.
On the evening of March 26, 2021, officers with the Sparks Police Department were dispatched to an apartment in the 1400 block of Sullivan Lane after receiving a 911 call about “unknown trouble.”
When they arrived, they found Rodriguez-Ramirez, 67, inside his apartment. He had been shot twice: once in the wrist and once in the chest, which pierced his heart, according to My News 4.
Rodriguez-Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene, and the Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death a homicide.
Police officials learned through an investigation that the night before the shooting, Rodriguez-Ramirez had several guests at his home, including Rodriguez-Sigala, who was 19 years old at the time.
At some point, an argument broke out, and witnesses reported hearing gunshots before they saw Rodriguez-Sigala running from the apartment.
The following day, officers found Rodriguez-Sigala near the scene, and they took him in for questioning.
Rodriguez-Sigala told detectives that he and the victim got into an argument after Rodriguez-Ramirez began “making unwanted sexual advances towards” him.
He told Rodriguez-Ramirez that what he was doing was a sin, then he asked him to confess to the sins he committed, and when he refused, he shot him.
Officers arrested Rodriguez-Sigala and booked him into the Washoe County Jail for open murder and carrying a concealed firearm.
FOX 11 reported that during a six-day trial, the prosecutor highlighted the “calculated nature of the defendant’s conduct” and explaining how Rodriguez-Sigala repeatedly told investigators that Rodriguez-Ramirez “deserved it.”
In May 2023, the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office announced that a jury found Rodriguez-Sigala guilty of first-degree murder with the use of a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.
That same year, in August, Rodriguez-Sigala was sentenced to 70 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole after serving 28 years.