Man reaches plea deal in fatal armed robbery outside Tucson business

Man reaches plea deal in fatal armed robbery outside Tucson business
Hector John Molina pleaded guilty to two armed robbery charges. (Source: Tucson Police Department)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A Tucson man with has extensive criminal history reached a plea deal in a fatal shooting outside a Tucson business in 2018.

On Thursday, Aug. 29, Hector John Molina pleaded guilty to a charge of armed robbery. He was originally faced charges of first-degree murder, weapon possession by a convicted felony, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

His next court appearance is a status conference at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15. While his sentencing date has not been set, he is facing between 7 and 21 years.

Also on Thursday, Molina pleaded guilty to armed robbery in a case not connected to the shooting. He’s facing 7-21 years for that charge as well, but the sentence would run concurrent to the other one.

Authorities said Molina and Ariel Montes-Deoca are responsible for the shooting death of 61-year-old Anthony Quintela outside of Raspados Funland on Jan. 6, 2018.

According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, Molina and Montes-Deoca had extensive criminal histories long before the shooting.

(Source: Tucson Police Department)

Molina has previous convictions for murder, aggravated assault, unlawful imprisonment and criminal trespass. Montes-Deoca has previous convictions for aggravated assault, theft, criminal damage, endangerment and vehicle theft.

The Tucson Police Department said the fatal shooting happened when a suspect entered the Raspados Funland, located a the 700 block of West Irvington, armed with a gun and to rob the place.

As the suspect was exiting the business, Quintela’s son got into a shootout with the suspect. Quintela was hit and died at a local hospital but Quintela’s son was not injured.

The case went cold for several months until Molina and Montes-Deoca were identified as suspects. Both were already in the Pima County Jail on unrelated charges and were arrested.

Montes-Deoca has a status conference set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. His murder trial is not currently on the court schedule.

Copyright 2019 KOLD News 13. All rights reserved.