30-year-old man gets 20 years for helping throw body off bridge

A 30-year-old man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after he admitted in court to helping throw a murder victim's body off of a bridge in 2011.

Alberto Bacho Solis entered the guilty plea Tuesday before Judge Larry Gist.

According to the D.A., on December 19, 2011, officers were called after a man's body was found floating near the Intracoastal Canal Bridge on State Highway 87. The body seemed to only have been in the water for a few hours.  

Police identified the victim as Ubaldo Santiago Hernandez.  As their investigation progressed,  Solis confessed to helping co-defendant, Candido Juarez, throw the body over the bridge into the water.

Juarez said he got into a fight with Hernandez.  He said he hit Hernandez over the head several times with a tool, knocking him out.  He then asked Solis to help him get rid of the body by throwing it into the water.

Both men were indicted in March.  Juarez pleaded guilty on June 3, 2013 and was sentenced to 25 years.  Solis was sentenced Tuesday.

Following sentencing, Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Brittanie Holmes said, "Everyone involved throughout the investigation did an incredible job to help solve this case. The family of the deceased was grateful of the outcome and relieved to finally have closure."

Due to Solis' lack of legal status in this country, he will be deported back to his home country of Mexico following the discharge of his sentence.


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