Edgar Geovani Lainez-Portillo, a Redwood City man charged with the May 4 murder of a laborer working in south Los Altos, appeared in court Wednesday (Oct. 14) morning to learn his sentencing date.
Representatives from the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the Public Defender’s Office agreed to reconvene Dec. 8 in Department 25 of the Santa Clara Hall of Justice. The hearing is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. and last approximately an hour so friends and family members of victim Roberto Rivera have an opportunity to present impact statements.
Lainez-Portillo, 25, pleaded guilty Aug. 4 to a first-degree murder charge with a firearm enhancement, and he faces a prison term of 50 years to life. California’s Youthful Offender Parole laws, however, mean he may be eligible for early release after serving 25 years because he was under 26 at the time of the murder.
According to Los Altos Police Department investigators, Lainez-Portillo shot and killed Rivera, 48, as the Union City resident performed masonry work in a Highlands Circle backyard. Statements from a woman who once dated both men indicate Lainez-Portillo may have been jealous of her relationship with Rivera.