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Former Gables Student To Be Sentenced For Stabbing Classmate

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Andy Rodriguez is accused of killing classmate Juan Carlos Rivera in September, 2009.

Andy Rodriguez is accused of killing classmate Juan Carlos Rivera in September, 2009.

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MIAMI (CBS4) – Andy Rodriguez, the former Coral Gables High School student, will learn his fate Tuesday morning as a judge is set to sentence him after he was convicted of second-degree murder.

Earlier this year, a jury found 19-year-old Rodriguez guilty in the stabbing death of classmate 17-year-old Juan Carlos Rivera.

Rodriguez who faces a maximum of life in prison will be sentenced by Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Dava Tunis.

Rodriguez’s defense attorneys argued that their client acted in self-defense when he stabbed Rivera. Prosecutors countered that Rodriguez killed Rivera in a jealous rage after his ex-girlfriend, Daimilsis Salgado, befriended him.

“It was a hard decision to make. You have two mothers in pain, two young men and nobody is a winner,” said juror foreperson Reva Homnick. “We all looked at the evidence and we came to the same conclusion. We all came together as a cohesive group, and we hugged at the end and felt we did the right thing.”

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